Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Fidget spinner sends Texas girl to emergency room

Fidget spinner sends Texas girl to emergency room

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The toy, which usually features a trio of metal bushings rotating around a central axis, has whipped up a twister of attention this spring, but a Houston-area mom said she was shocked when one of the parts came loose and ended up in her daughter's throat on Saturday. When she looked in the rearview mirror, she saw Britton, red-faced with drool pouring from her mouth.

The mother pulled the vehicle over and her daughter pointed to her throat indicating that she swallowed something.

She had to have endoscopic surgery to remove it.

"I attempted Heimlich but there was no resistance", wrote Joniec in a Facebook post.

Surgeons were able to remove the piece, but Joniec noted that the ordeal "was pretty scary for a while".

After "multiple, very stressful" attempts to give Britton an IV, the young girl successfully had her surgery, the mother said. "Not only because of the initial ingestion, but then the concern about the composition and structure of the object, and finally, the risk with general anesthesia". "Kids of all ages may be getting them, but not all spinners come with age-appropriate warnings", she said.

The immensely popular fidget spinners are smaller than your palm, with two or three prongs with circles in them, along with a circular pad in the middle where you hold the device with your finger and thumb and spin it. Manufacturers say the gadgets aren't just fun to play with, but also help people with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and various other conditions. "Not for children under 3 years". While this is the first widely reported incident of a child choking on a fidget spinner, children choking on toys is, as mentioned, far from uncommon and often severe.

Schools such as PS 29 in Brooklyn have banned fidget spinners in some classrooms and at lunch, with one student's mom telling the News, "I can see how teachers might hate them".

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