THIS Caused Her Death and You Definitely Have It at Your House Too. Check It Until It’s Too Late
Summer was a healthy, normal four-year-old last year when she began vomiting blood. The blood changed from dark to bright red. She collapsed. Within the hour she had a heart attack and died.
Two days before her death, Summer had complained of pain in her stomach and a high fever. Her mother, Andrea Shoesmith, noted that her bowel movements had turned black. She rushed Summer to the hospital immediately. The little girl was returned to the hospital three times in the same day, after her symptoms did not abate. A doctor at Noosa Hospital in Queensland, Australia postulated that the child had had a nosebleed and swallowed blood. He knew that people who swallow blood sometimes become ill. He assured the family it was safe to return her home.
Summer encountered something deadly at home, something most of us take for granted. Toys, remote controls, clocks, animated greeting cards, all contain lithium batteries. Some of them are no larger than a cookie crumb, the button batteries. Summer swallowed one of these. When swallowed, these tiny batteries can become lodged in the esophagus. When that happens, saliva causes a caustic reaction that literally burns through the esophagus, causing severe bleeding and sometimes, death.
Eighty children in the United States have suffered severe damage from swallowing tiny batteries. Fifteen more have died. In 2010, 3400 children around the world were admitted to hospitals after swallowing button batteries.
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