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Woman nearly loses her life after swallowing toothbrush

Tuesday, 05/12/2023, 16:37 (GMT+7)

A 21-year-old woman nearly died after attempting to use a toothbrush to dislodge a piece of food caught in her throat.

A 21-year-old woman reportedly swallowed her toothbrush after attempting to use it to dislodge food stuck in her throat. The toothbrush lodged inside, making three sounds and causing no pain.

The rare incident occurred on November 29 when Heizea, a 21-year-old resident of Gardaka, Spain, began experiencing difficulties while choking on a piece of turkey.

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She “I tried to hold it by the bristles but once the obstruction was cleared, it just got sucked in.” Image Credits: Newsflash

Gasping for breath, her first move was to grab her toothbrush to try and force the turkey out of her throat — but she went too far and gulped down the 8-inch instrument.

She found it difficult, so she took a toothbrush and tried to brush all the turkey meat out of her throat. She gasped for breath to try to move to the 20cm long brush in her throat. But, she went too far when she had to act quickly because there was no one around to help. Consequently, she gulped down the 8-inch instrument. 

Accroding to Newsflash, she explained: "My dad couldn’t help me because he’s stuck in a wheelchair with a damaged Achilles tendon, so I decided to help myself by using the toothbrush."

"Because it was only getting worse, I grabbed the first thing I could get hold of which was the toothbrush to try and dislodge it,” she continued.

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A 21-year-old woman from Cao Garda, Spain, had a toothbrush stuck in her esophagus for three hours. Image Credits: Newsflash

When the turkey got loose, so did her toothbrush: “I tried to hold it by the bristles but once the obstruction was cleared, it just got sucked in.”

Later, Heizea was taken to the hospital. Remarkably, she didn't feel any pain when the brush got stuck in her throat just difficulty breathing.

The medical staff was shocked and rushed around, they couldn’t believe it until they saw the X-rays. 

After three hours of examination and pre-judgment, the doctor successfully removed the toothbrush from the Spanish girl's neck within 40 minutes, while Heizea was  sedation 

The doctor uses this tool by using a toothbrush tip with a surgical vine attached and pulling it outward from the inside of her esophagus, which without surgery required.