Doctors airlift boy with 42 needles stuck in him
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Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 00:03
Rio De Janeiro: A 2-year-old boy with more than 40 sewing needles stuck in him is being airlifted to another hospital in northeastern Brazil because two of the needles are close to his heart, an official said today.

A police official, meanwhile, told The Associated Press the boy's stepfather had been arrested, that he had confessed to sticking the needles into the boy with the help of another woman, and that authorities were investigating whether black magic was involved.

"He's in custody and he confessed," the officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss the case.

Surgeons at a hospital in the town of Barreiras in Bahia state decided not to try to remove any needles after discovering that two were very near the boy's heart, said an official at Hospital do Oeste. She spoke on condition of anonymity as she was not authorized to discuss the case.

She said that doctors had located 42 needles in the boy -- eight fewer than they had reported finding yesterday.

The boy was in intensive care but was in stable condition before being airlifted 390 kilometers north, she said.

"He'll be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Salvador that has a special heart unit," the official said. "He has two needles near his heart and our doctors didn't want to take a chance."


First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 00:03

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