2 year old boy with 50 needles inside his body

A 2-year-old Brazilian boy has as many as 50 metal sewing needles inside his body which were allegedly inserted during a black magic ritual, local media has said. A doctor treating him said on Wednesday they were apparently stuck there one by one.

Dr Luiz Cesar Soltoski said surgeons hoped to remove most of the needles – some as long as 2in (5cm) – but because some were in his lungs, they had to wait until the child's breathing improved. Some could not be removed, they were too close to vital organs or inside them, he said.

The boy's mother, a maid, took him to hospital in the small north-eastern city of Ibotirama last week, saying he was complaining of pain. Three days later, after x-rays revealed some of the needles, doctors had him shifted to a larger hospital in Barreiras.

The mother told police she did not know how the needles had got there, but they are investigating.The boy's name was withheld because of his age.

Soltoski said he believed the needles were stuck into his body one by one because it would have been impossible for him to swallow them. "We think it could have only been by penetration because we found needles in the lung, the left leg and in different parts of the thorax. It couldn't have been by ingestion," he said.

Doctors found no signs of outside wounds, but x-ray images carried by Brazilian websites showed some needles inside his body.

The boy is in intensive care, but Soltoski said his condition had improved since he was admitted.

Via - Guardian

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