Boy drives chopstick up nose, into brain

Jan. 5, 2010 at 2:14 PM

BEIJING, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Surgeons in Beijing say they expect a full recovery for a 14-month-old boy who drove a chopstick up his nose and into his brain while playing at home.

"It touched upon the deep area of his brain," Dr. Sun Wei told CNN.

Li Jingchao's, mother, Zhao Guilu, heard her son crying in another room and found him with the chopstick up his nose.

Local doctors said they were not equipped to deal with the emergency, so the boy's parents drove him 10 hours to a hospital in Beijing.

"I thought at that time, it is all over, my boy will die" said his father, Li Guanglai. "I looked at my boy and his right side was numb, he was paralyzed."

Surgeons were prepared to cut into the boy's skull, if necessary, to control bleeding, but when they pulled on the chopstick, it simply slid out without causing further damage, Sun said.

"The position of the chopstick was very, very lucky for him," Sun said.

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