Preschooler Endures Emergency Surgery After Swallowing Toy Magnets

His mom is warning others after doctors had to remove part of the 4-year-old’s colon, intestines and appendix.
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ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Dec 2018
Toddler shouting toys in room behind on floor
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Jennifer White and her family got the fright of a lifetime this Christmas. Just days after decking the halls, White’s 4-year-old son, Beck, broke open a magnetic toy and swallowed 13 magnets. After being rushed to the hospital, the little warrior had to have emergency surgery to remove part of his colon, intestines and appendix. Shaken by the scary experience, the mom took to Facebook in hopes other parents would heed her warning on steering clear from similar toys.

“Beck broke open a magnetic toy and has 13 tiny magnets in him. I feel guilty AF and horrible posting this, but I don’t want another child to go through this,” the mom explains. “If you have little ones or chewers, these are dangerous and we’re removing them from our home.”

In an update to the post, White explains her son had surgery to remove part of his colon, intestines and appendix. As if that wasn’t enough, the youngster had to stay for a few additional days because the magnets caused him to have holes and an infection in his intestines.

Later in the week, White shared an update on Beck and expressed her gratitude for all the support she received from friends, family and even strangers.

“Never in all of my life have I had the support and unbelievable generosity of so many people. I’m still in complete awe,” she says. “Beck is doing well and mostly sleeping, which is good because it will be easier to rid the infection in his stomach.”

Luckily, by the sounds of the mom’s Facebook updates, Beck is doing well and should recover with time. The scary story is a reminder that when it comes to baby toys, your doctor has some valuable suggestions to lend. Learn more about the top AAP-approved tips for choosing toys for your little one to avoid a similar scenario in your home.

“Thank you all so very, very much from the bottom of my heart and from my family. We are truly grateful and blessed for all the love and support,” the mom stresses to her Facebook community.

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