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Girl, 11, dies in hospital four days after she was hit by Toyota

Girl, 11, dies in hospital four days after she was hit by Toyota and paramedics battled to revive her at the roadside

  • Girl, 11, was hit by a Toyota Verso while walking in Coventry on Thursday evening
  • She was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead by medics this morning
  • West Midlands Police say they will speak to the driver of the car ‘in due course’ 

An 11-year-old girl has died in hospital four days after she was hit by a car leaving paramedics battling to revive her at the road side.

The girl was rushed to hospital after she was hit by a Toyota Verso in Coventry on Thursday evening.

Police did not speak to the 53-year-old driver, who remained at the scene, as he was receiving medical attention.

Bystanders started CPR on an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a car on Tamworth Road, Coventry, on Thursday. She was rushed to hospital, but police announced she had died in the early hours of this morning

West Midlands Police said they will speak to him ‘in due course’.

Bystanders had already started CPR when paramedics rushed to treat the girl at Tamworth Road, near the junction of Waste Lane.

She suffered critical injuries and was rushed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire hospital, where she remained in a serious condition. 

West Midlands Police announced she died in the early hours of Monday morning. 

A statement from the constabulary read: ‘The 53-year-old driver of the Verso remained at the scene, but was not spoken to at the time as he required medical attention.

‘He will be spoken to in due course as we seek to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

‘The family of the girl is now being supported by specialist officers as our investigation continues.

‘We’re keen to hear from anyone with dash cam footage, or who was in the area at the time and has not spoken to us already.’

Witnesses to last Thursday’s incident can contact police on 101, quoting log number 3979 of 22/10/20.

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Girl, two, tied to pole and is dangled upside down at Thai festival

Shocking moment two-year-old girl is tied to a pole and swung 30ft up into the air before being dangled upside down by her ankle during celebrations at Thai festival

  • Event was part of Phuket Vegetarian Festival in southern Thailand on October 23
  • The toddler began crying before a man shimmied up pole to perform with her 
  • She is dropped and only stops feet from the ground during the performance 

This is the shocking moment a toddler is strapped to a pole and swung 30ft into the air – before being dangled upside down by her ankle.

The crying two-year-old was part of a ritual at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, also known as the Nine Emperor Gods festival, in southern Thailand on October 23.

Footage shows the youngster being tied to a huge wooden beam which is propelled upwards leaving her stranded more than 30ft in the air. 

The toddler was dangled by her ankle at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, also known as the Nine Emperor Gods festival, in southern Thailand on October 23

The little girl began crying before a man shimmied up the pole as he appeared to rescue her but instead began performing tricks and even dangling her by the ankle.

He put the child on his shoulders and thrashed back and forth before the pair waved to crowds as he balanced on metal poles sticking from the wooden beam.

In a heart-stopping moment, the man looks like he may fall, but as he regains his balance he dangles the child upside down.  

He then tied a rope to the small girl’s ankle and dropped her from the top of the beam – stopping only a few feet before she hit the ground.     

She was dropped from the top of a 30ft pole by a rope tied to her ankle and stopped only feet away from the ground

The two-year-old is put at the top of the pole and begins to cry during a festival best known for followers of the Taoist religion piercing their cheeks with skewers

She was then hauled up and dropped two more times before the man slid down the pole with the little girl clutching his chest.

There were then displays with Chinese dragons and firecrackers from China.

A tourist who recorded the video said they were shocked when they saw the girl being attached to the pole.

They said: ‘I couldn’t believe what was happening when I saw her being tied to the wooden beam. She was only two-years-old.

‘I’m not sure if there was any special religious meaning to it or if it was just part of the show. But the girl definitely looked scared and I can’t say for sure that it was safe.’ 

The festival is best known for Thai-Chinese followers of the Taoist religion piercing their cheeks with skewers and hitting themselves with whips. 

Followers of the religious event, which started on October 17 and lasted for nine days, raised no complaints about the display and cheered it on. 

They believe that by entering a trance they are possessed by the Gods and the pain from the self-flagellation helps to cleanse their souls.

The pair sit at the top of the pole, perched on metal poles sticking out at the top, before the man dangles the small child through the air 

The youngster is tied to a huge wooden beam which is propelled forwards leaving her stranded more than 30ft in the air as she waves at the crowd before bursting into tears 

 According to locals, the ritual started in the 19th century when a Chinese opera group visiting the island fell ill with a malaria epidemic.

They were doomed until they began worshiping the Nine Emperor Gods and cleansing their bodies, practices that have continued among believers.

Participants said this year’s festival had taken on extra significance because of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

Although travel restrictions meant that no international tourists were presents, locals carried on with the unusual events.

Many believe that the pain from the piercings is a way to absorb the ills of their community onto themselves and help to bring good luck back.

As the toddler begins to cry a man shimmied up the pole as he appeared to rescue her, but the pair instead start performing stunts 

The man performs stunts with the child as he balanced on metal poles sticking from the wooden beam

Devotee Warin Supattra, who took part in the ritual, said: ‘The world is suffering from the pandemic. Many followers have been affected, too.

‘Here there are no tourists anymore and people’s lives are hurting. They are having a very hard time. Everyone is in pain and I believe our actions will help.’

The festival takes place every year in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, and followers wearing white join the parades to cleanse their souls. 

During the nine-day period, they will abstain from meat, alcohol, intercourse and bad behaviour. Pregnant and menstruating women must stay at home.

The festival is normally packed with tourists from around the world but Thailand closed its borders on March 22 and has not re-opened to holidaymakers since.

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Eight-week-old baby girl 'shaken to death by parent after suffering brain injuries and 11 broken ribs'

AN eight-week old baby was shaken to death by one of her parents after suffering several brain injuries and broken ribs, a court heard.

Tiffany Tate, 22, and Michael Roe, 33, are both accused of murdering their daughter Holly Roe at their home in Crowborough, East Sussex.

The parents, who deny murder, are also each charged with allowing the other to kill their daughter.

Jurors at Lewes Crown Court in Hove were told they must decide which parent murdered the baby.

They heard that Holly Roe suffered brain injuries on at least three occasions and 11 fractures to her ribs before paramedics found her cold and unresponsive.

Sally Howes QC for the Crown said: “This is consistent with the brain being rattled around.

“This was a perfectly healthy baby who finally, catastrophically and fatally collapses."


The court heard how Michael Roe told a health visitor his partner felt like throwing Holly against the wall during a night feed, which Ms Tate agreed she said.

She also admitted struggling to bond with her baby in the first few weeks of its life.

"When the baby cried, she became frustrated and panicked," Ms Howes said.

Michael Roe also told a health visitor he took over night feeds as Tate had no patience with Holly.

Ms Howes said Michael Roe was the last to see Holly alive.

She noted that it was the position of the prosecution that "the strength of the evidence suggests it’s Michael Roe who is responsible".

But she added: “There is also evidence for you to consider Tiffany Tate had the opportunity for that unlawful act."

Emergency services were called to the house in the early hours of Monday, September 10, 2018 after the couple reported she was not breathing.

Holly was found to be cold, not breathing and with no heart activity at all, Ms Howes said.

Paramedics battled to save her before she was taken to Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells where she was pronounced dead.

Port mortem examinations showed numerous signs of injury on her tiny body.


The first brain injury was a few weeks before her death, the second several days before and the final brain injury within 48 hours, Ms Howes said.

The pattern of injuries showed they were the result of non-accidental and abusive head trauma, consultant neuropathologist Prof Safa Al-Sarrau said.

Forensic Pathologist Dr Charlotte Randall said death was due to head injury.

The likely mechanism of Holly's injuries would have been violent shaking.

The multiple fracture injuries found on Holly's ribcage were also often associated with shaking-type head injury, Ms Howes said.

Dr Nicola Cleghorn examining said Holly would have been extremely distressed by the pain from her rib fractures.

Ms Howes said: “Dr Cleghorn considers the most likely cause of the rib fractures to be an inflicted injury, most likely excessive squeezing around her chest and, in conjunction with the opinions about the traumatic brain injury would support there having been a shaking episode."

Former foster child Tiffany Tate was 19 when she moved in with Michael Roe.

They lived together in Crowborough, East Sussex and baby Holly was born two months premature on July 14, 2018.

Miss Tate and Mr Roe both deny murder and causing or allowing the death of their baby.

The trial, expected to last four weeks, continues.

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Disabled girl, 12, raped and BEHEADED 'by her cousin' in latest horrific murder to rock India

A DISABLED girl was allegedly raped and beheaded by her 25-year-old cousin, it has been reported.

The 12-year-old's body was found in the Dantiwada area of Banaskantha district, India, on Saturday.

Police were informed about the girl's disappearance on October 16 and an investigation was launched.

The following day, the girl's body was found near a pond in the border of Moti Bhakhar village, The Times of India reports.

Her head was located "some distance of the body" and early investigations suggested the girl was raped before the killing, police said.

Dr Kushal Ojha, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Deesa, said: "The case came to light when Dantiwada police found a decapitated body near the pond near Moti Bhakhar village.

"A day earlier, police were informed of the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl from the area.

"On the morning of October 17, the body of a minor was found in the border of Moti Bhakhar village.

"The police also found the severed head of the girl at some distance of the body.

"On investigation, it was confirmed that the body was of the missing girl."

The police officer said that police immediately started the investigation in the case and searched the CCTV footage of the area nearby for clues, according to New Indian Express.

"In CCTV footage the accused Nitin Mali, cousin of the deceased, was found to be riding with the victim on his bike," he said.

Primary investigation revealed that Nitin, raped the victim and later beheaded her due to the fear of getting exposed."

Rajulben Desai, Member of National Commission for Women, who visited the area, said attacks on women were on the rise.

"The increasing incidence of atrocities and rapes against women, especially minors, is of great concern to society," she said.

The body of the victim was sent for post-mortem and further investigations are ongoing.

Earlier this month, hundreds of protesters demanded the dismissal of the government of a northern Indian state where a 19-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped and later died in a hospital.

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The demonstrators shouted "Hang the rapists" and "First raped by devils, then by the system" as they gathered near Parliament in New Delhi.

The protesters, including Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar, said the Uttar Pradesh state government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party did not allow anyone to meet the victim’s family and that police cordoned off their village.

In India, rape and sexual violence have been under the spotlight since the 2012 gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old student on a New Delhi bus.

The attack sparked massive protests and inspired politicians to order the creation of fast-track courts dedicated to rape cases and stiffen penalties for those convicted of the crime.

This year has already seen a string of attacks on women in India.

A teenage girl was kidnapped and repeatedly gang-raped over a 22-day period after she ran away from home.

The 17-year-old was snatched after she had left home following an argument with her parents in Cuttack, India.

Last month, another Indian woman died after she was brutally gang raped.

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Girl, 15, who was shot in lungs forced to go back to school despite Covid risk after parents threatened with fine

A TEENAGE girl who was shot in her lungs has been forced to return to school despite being a Covid risk because her parents were threatened with fines.

Thusha Kamaleswaran, 15, was shot in the chest when she was just five after being caught in the crossfire in a shooting at her uncle’s shop.

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She was left paralysed after a bullet shattered her spine as it passed through her body and her injuries mean she is vulnerable to respiratory infections.

During the coronavirus pandemic the schoolgirl has been shielding and has been studying at home.

Thusha though was forced to return to classes at Seven Kings School in Ilford, Essex, after the school threatened to fine her parents – dad Sasi, 45, and mum Shamila, 43 – even though her doctor had warned against it.

What are the rules on fines for parents if kids miss school?

Families who ignore the government's rules on their kid's education will be hit with a penalty unless they have a "good reason".

It is against the law to withhold your child from school, except for a small number of exceptions.

Under current laws, a local council can give each parent a fine of £60, which rises to £120 each if the fine is not paid within 21 days.

If the fine still remains unpaid after 28 days you may be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school.

Children who are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and those who have compromised immune systems are exempt from mandatory school attendance.

Schools minister Nick Gibb also reiterated that fines are something that "headteachers are very reluctant to use, they only use them as a last resort.”

Her GP, Dr PJ Suresh, wrote a letter to the school saying her lung function wasn’t optimal, adding: “Every effort should be made to allow Thusha to study and do her school work remotely.”

Thusha’s brother Thusan, 21, says the doctor even phoned the school but the family were still warned they could be fined or taken to court.

Thusan told the Sunday Mirror: “Thusha returned to school on Monday but feels unsafe and anxious. It seems really unfair after all she’s been through.”

Seven Kings’ head of pastoral care, Dean Taylor, claimed the letter from the GP “did not provide the necessary information”.

He added: “When a pupil is absent we are obliged to comply with school attendance regulations.

“We have done this while seeking to support and advise the family further.”

Heartbreaking CCTV footage captured tiny Thusha happily doing dance moves in the aisle of her uncle’s shop, Stockwell Food and Wine, in South London, just before the 2011 horror.

Moments later three gang ­members targeting a drug-dealing rival who had gone into the shop opened fire into the store, where her father Sasi was working.

The gang members who shot her were jailed for life the following year.


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Family of girl, 16, killed when car she was in ploughed into tree pay tribute to 'beautiful baby'

THE family of a 16-year-old girl who died when the car she was in ploughed into a tree have paid tribute to their "beautiful baby".

Lucy Tibbetts was in the backseat of a Skoda Fabia when it veered off the road in Kingswinford, West Mids, on Tuesday evening.

Driver Joshua Parkes, 21, died at the scene along with Lucy and another 16-year-old, named locally as Izzie Floyd.

Front seat passenger Nathan Cartwright, 18, and Isobel Ramsell, also 16, were also injured in the horror smash and remain in hospital.


In a statement issued by West Midlands Police, Lucy's mum said: "Our beautiful baby has been taken from us.

"You were an inspiration Lulu, you made us smile when you yourself found it so hard to… not just a daughter, a true friend.

"Rest in Peace, no one can hurt you now."

Specialist officers continue to support the families of all five victims, including the two who remain in hospital as the police investigation continues.

Neighbours described how they ran out of their homes to perform CPR on the girls after they were flung from the wreckage.

One friend, who lay flowers at the scene, said: "I know Lucy who died and Nathan who was in the passenger seat.

"Nathan is in hospital in Birmingham with a bleed on his brain. He's having surgery because he's also got a damaged spine.


Describing Lucy, she added: "She was a lovely girl.

"She had started a new job and was sorting her life out, but now she's lost it.

"She had done accounting at college and started an apprenticeship."

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was in the utility room at the back of my house and even then it sounded like a bomb going off.

"I just knew people would have lost their lives by the state of the wreckage. The girls were thrown into the road. It was just horrible."

PC Chris Ridge, from the force's collision investigation unit, said previously: "This is a devastating time for the families of those involved, and we have specially trained officers who are supporting them through this difficult time.

"The loss of these young lives is shocking and deeply upsetting for all involved. All families wish to have their privacy respected at this difficult time.

"We're still working through a number of lines of investigation as we try to understand what happened and why.

"Anyone who saw the Skoda driving in the area last night, or who may have captured anything on dash-cam footage, is urged to get in touch with us as soon as possible."

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Healthy girl, 10, collapsed and died after saying 'Mummy, I don't feel well' as she suffered hidden brain injury

A HEALTHY 10-year-old girl who suffered a hidden brain injury collapsed and later died after saying "Mummy, I don't feel well".

Maisie Gooderham had complained of a headache when she collapsed in her mum's lap on August 7 – two weeks before she died.

Paramedics rushed to the family home in Essex before moving Maisie to an expert unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Doctors soon discovered she had suffered a catastrophic bleed on her brain and placed her into an induced coma.

"We had no prior warnings," Maisie's mum Sally, 47, said.

"It didn't make any sense because there were no signs."

She described Maisie's condition – an aneurysm in the brain that caused traumatic bleeding after a breach in the blood vessel wall – to Cambridgeshire Liveas a "time bomb ticking in her head".

"That could have gone off at any time, we're just truly thankful it was with us," she added.


While Maisie was in hospital, Sally and her husband Ian, 51, were offered accommodation in the nearby Acorn House, a facility for parents operated by the Sick Children's Trust.

Though doctors worked to keep Maisie alive with oxygen and blood supplies, they soon had to tell the family she could not be saved.

The decision was made to remove her life support but, before doing so, Sally and Ian were able to spend one final day and night with their daughter.

Sally recalled: "After we decided to take the tube out, we were able to stay with her for the night. They allowed me to get into bed with her.

"On Maisie's last day we did a memory day.

"They gave her as much time as possible. We painted her hands and feet and took prints. We took locks of her hair and her fingerprints.

"We had some professional pictures taken. The chaplain came and blessed her."

Maisie's mum described her daughter as an animal lover who was "always smiling".

She said: "She had her own YouTube channel and did TikToks.

"Sometimes she would phone up the house pretending she was from a pizza delivery place with an Italian accent."

Maisie's funeral was held on September 18 with a limited attendance of 30 people due to Covid restrictions.

Sally said: "There would have been hundreds and hundreds of people at her funeral. It was upsetting because she was so loved.

"Covid was hard in some respects, but it gave me two or three months at home with Maisie [before she passed away]. From that perspective, it was priceless for me."

Sally and Ian have now raised £13,000 for the Sick Children's Trust, which supported and housed them while Maisie was being treated in hospital.

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8-Year-Old Texas Girl Forced to Jump on Trampoline Until She Died of Dehydration: Police

The ground temperature on the day was 150°F.

An 8-year-old Texas girl died after being forced to jump on a trampoline in extreme heat as a punishment, police have claimed.

Daniel Schwarz, 44, and Ashley Schwarz, 34, have both been charged with capital murder of their daughter Jaylin, who was found dead at her home in Odessa on August 29.

An autopsy later determined the child died of dehydration.

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According to Odessa Police Department, the girl wasn’t allowed to eat breakfast, and was ordered to jump on the trampoline without stopping for “an extended period of time”, per Odessa American.

Investigators say she was denied water while she carried out her punishment.

A search warrant revealed the ground temperature outside the home on the day was 150°F; the surface of the trampoline was 110°F.

A coroner determined on October 8 that the death was a homicide by dehydration.

OPD spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur told the site that the couple were non-biological parents of the girl; he could not confirm if the child was in foster care.

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Texas girl dies after couple forced her to jump on trampoline in heat: cops

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A Texas couple is facing capital murder charges for forcing an 8-year-old girl to jump non-stop on a trampoline in 110-degree heat as a sadistic form of punishment, police said.

Daniel Schwarz, 44, and Ashley Schwarz, 34, of Odessa, were arrested Monday in the death of the child who was pronounced dead at the couple’s home on Aug. 29 when cops responded to a medical call.

“Investigation revealed that the 8-year-old child had been punished and was not allowed to eat breakfast and was required to jump on the trampoline without stopping for an extended period of time,” Odessa police said in a statement Monday.

The couple — who reportedly served as guardians of the girl, identified by KOSA as Jaylin — also didn’t allow her to drink any water while she was being punished, police said.

The high temp in Odessa — a city of roughly 123,000 in west Texas — on Aug. 29 was 100 degrees, KWTX reported. But the temperature of the trampoline read to be approximately 110 degrees and the ground was approximately 150 degrees, police said Monday.

An autopsy released Thursday determined Jaylin died of dehydration and listed her manner of death as homicide, police said.

Daniel and Ashley Schwarz were not Jaylin’s biological parents, but were the girl’s guardians, her relatives told KOSA.


It’s unclear if the girl was in foster care, a police spokesman told the Odessa American.

The couple was taken into custody at the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, where neither had bonds set as of Monday afternoon, the newspaper reported.

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Girl, 10, has surgery to remove 'magnetic balls' from her intestines

Girl, 10, needed life-saving surgery to remove 15 trendy ‘magnetic balls’ that fused together in her intestine – after falling asleep with them in her mouth

  • Sadie Latham was rushed to A&E at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • X-ray revealed she had digested more than a dozen tiny magnetic balls 
  • Doctors were forced to remove seven centimetres of her intestines 

A 10-year-old girl has undergone life-saving surgery to extract 15 ‘magnetic balls’ that fused together in her intestine after falling asleep with them in her mouth. 

Sadie Latham was rushed to A&E at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, where doctors initially suspected she had appendicitis.

But the results of an X-ray revealed she had digested more than a dozen tiny magnetic balls that had perforated her bowel.

Doctors were forced to remove seven centimetres of her intestines which has left a three-inch scar across her stomach.

Her mother, Catherine, has since said Sadie had put the magnetic balls in her mouth as she ‘pretended to have braces’ before falling asleep. 

Sadie Latham (pictured) was rushed to A&E at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, where doctors initially suspected she had appendicitis

Catherine said that she was completely unaware her daughter had swallowed the beads until three weeks later when she began complaining of abdominal pain. 

The 44-year-old, from Kirkby, said: ‘She had pain just to the right of her stomach, I thought she just had trapped wind or something.’

‘I ended up taking her to A&E at 1pm… They sent her for an X-ray and that’s when they saw them – fifteen magnetic balls.

‘I was in disbelief.’ 

The magnetic balls had travelled through different parts of Sadie’s intestines before fusing together and causing her bowel to perforate.

Catherine bought the magnetic balls (pictured) from a third party seller on Amazon earlier this year which were marketed as ‘educational’ toys that children can use to make patterns and shapes

Doctors were forced to remove seven centimetres of Sadie’s intestines with her mother, Catherine, saying that without the operation her daughter (pictured in hospital) ‘could have died’

Catherine said: ‘They cut seven centimetres of the bowel away and she had other bits stitched.

‘It couldn’t have gone better. She was extremely lucky.

‘They said when she came out of the operation to expect a stoma bag but she didn’t need to have that in the end.’

Speaking of how her daughter swallowed the balls in the first place, Catherine said: ‘What she’s been doing is she’s been in bed pretending to do braces on her teeth.

‘They’re that strong that she’s put one behind and one on the front of her tooth and it sticks. She fell asleep and hadn’t realised she’d swallowed them.

‘I said to her “what about in the morning when you woke up?” 

‘But she’s got a hundred of them in a tin so she hasn’t realised.’

Sadie has been left with a three-inch scar on her stomach (pictured) from the operation but is recovering well at home

Sadie has been left with a three-inch scar on her stomach from the operation but is recovering well at home.

Catherine bought the magnetic balls from a third party seller on Amazon earlier this year. 

They were marketed as ‘educational’ toys that children can use to make patterns and shapes.

But she warned that they have since become part of a trend which sees children putting them inside their noses and mouths to mimic facial piercings.  

She has warned other parents at Sadie’s school, St Michaels and All Angels, of the dangers of the magnets and has asked Amazon to remove them from the site.

Catherine added: ‘People are buying them not knowing that they can be potentially fatal… I could have lost her. She could have choked. She could have died.’ 

It is understood that Amazon is removing the items from sale.

An Amazon spokesperson said: ‘Safety is a top priority at Amazon.

‘We require all products offered in our store to comply with applicable laws and regulations and have developed industry-leading tools to prevent unsafe or non-compliant products from being listed in our stores.’ 

Doctor warns of the potentially fatal effects of the magnetic ball craze which has left at least four other children needing surgery

Earlier this year, one doctor from Stockport issued an open letter to parents warning of the potentially fatal effects of the magnetic ball craze which has left at least four other children needing surgery – including a six-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy. 

The letter read: ‘I would like to highlight the dangers of these highly magnetic balls.

‘These very small (usually 3 to 5mm) balls are widely available to buy in the UK and are sold as a “creative toy.”

‘I cannot emphasise how dangerous these can be if swallowed. These balls have already been banned in other countries because of their risk to children. 

‘You may wonder why a child would swallow these or you may think “my child wouldn’t swallow them”, but I plead with you to not take the risk.

Earlier this year, one doctor from Stockport issued an open letter to parents warning of the potentially fatal effects of the magnetic ball craze (stock image) 

‘Apparently, some children have been creating a larger ball using numerous balls and putting them in their mouth, then placing other balls on the outside of their face.

‘They then use their tongue to move the larger ball in their mouth to make the balls on their face move, which understandably kids find amusing.

‘However, some of the individual balls in their mouth can come away and be accidentally swallowed.

‘The balls are highly magnetic and can cause severe damage to the digestive tract.

‘As the balls move through the bowel, they can magnetise together even when in different parts of the bowel.

‘The pressure applied to the bowel tissue lying between the two magnets is so strong that it causes a perforation in the bowel.’ 

The doctor added: ‘This is extremely serious and can be fatal if not identified and promptly fixed by abdominal surgery.

‘There has been a case locally in which a young child needed abdominal surgery and within Stockport, I am aware of at least another three cases.

‘Please do not buy these for your children and if you already have them consider removing them.’ 

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