Published on March 5th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


3-Year-Old Girl Discovers That Eating 37 High-Powered Magnets Isn’t A Good Idea [Video]

If there is one thing you can always count on when it comes to young children it is that they will at some point stuff some of the strangest things into their mouths and then proceed to swallow. In most cases the items are pretty benign but every so often they get their hands on something that definitely isn’t meant to be swallowed.

Such was the case with 3-year-old Payton Bushnell when her parents became very concerned that Payton was getting sick and they didn’t know why, thinking perhaps it was just a bad case of the stomach flu. However when her condition didn’t improve they decided it was time to make a visit to their doctor.

It wasn’t until they took an x-ray of Payton’s abdomen that they discovered the cause of the little girl’s illness. What they found when they looked at the x-rays they first took to possibly be a bracelet given it’s round shape but when they tried to remove it the object started to break apart.

Little 3-year-old Peyton had swallowed 37 rare earth magnets known as Buckyballs and once they had reached her abdomen the extremely powerful magnets snapped together causing her intestines to snap together quite forcibly which caused three holes to be made in her lower intestine and one in her stomach.

“In all the research I have done, I have never seen any child swallow more than 10 magnets,” said Sandy Nipper, R.N., from Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel’s Safety Store.

“When I heard 37 magnets were swallowed, my nurse’s mind raced to what taking 37 strong magnets could do to a fantastic little 3-year-old girl,and it frightened me to death,” said Nipper.

Doctors at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel immediately took Payton into surgery and were fortunately able to save her in time. They say she is now on her way to a full recovery.

“Her mom and I prayed and hoped shed get through it,” said Payton’s father, Aaron Bushnell. “When they roll your daughter out with tubes sticking out of her, you don’t know how strong you are until all you can be, is strong.”

“It’s a miracle she is doing as well as she is,” said Nipper.

via KPTV

The news report on the incident.



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