AMRI Hospital Mukundapur – Six-month-old swallows nail, back home after operation

Six-month-old Taufiq Mullik was rushed from Murshidabad to Kolkata with a nail stuck in his windpipe. On the eve of Eid, doctors of AMRI Hospital Mukundapur removed the two-and-a-half-inch nail through a rigid bronchoscopy — a non-surgical procedure — and sent the baby home.

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In the afternoon on June 13, Taufiq’s uncle Alauddin Shiekh heard him crying. He noticed froth around the baby’s mouth that had streaks of blood in it. Panicking, he immediately alerted other family members.

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After alleged refusals by five hospitals, including four government set-ups, the boy was finally admitted in AMRI Hospital Mukundapur around 5pm on June 14, almost 36 hours after he swallowed the nail.

“The child was coughing and was in great breathing distress. He was immediately wheeled into the operation theatre,” said Dr Bichitrabhanu Sarkar, paediatric intensivist at AMRI Mukundapur.

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