Doctors airlift boy with 42 needles stuck in him

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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