Doctors have found sixteen sewing needles inside a baby in the Fergana region of Uzbekistan in a horrific case of child abuse.
The child had a high temperature and trouble urinating, so his mother brought him in for a check up when the hospital made the troubling discovery. They suspected pneumonia was to blame for the unnamed baby's symptoms but X-rays showed needles in his heart, neck, spine, colon and bladder. The doctor's believe the needles were inserted into the child rather than being swallowed, but the mother claims she has no idea how it came about. She claims her husband works abroad in Russia and she lives with her mother, explaining that ‘Strangers do not visit us. I do not know how this could have happen happened.’
Doctors rushed to take the child in for a nine-hour long operation to remove an initial thirteen needles, before transferring the baby to specialist heart doctors who could remove the final three from his chest as carefully as possible. The case is a clear example of child abuse but police are still investigating possible perpetrators after the head of children’s department Professor Khabibulla Akimov said that the child could not have swallowed the needles himself. The baby was operated on at the Republican Scientific Centre of Emergency Medicine in capital city Tashkent.
A similar was found in Thika, Kenya last month where an eleven month old baby was brought to hospital with fourteen needles lodged in her body, and her parents were released on bail for 'child torture' after passing medical examinations for sanity. The child was brought in after expressing discomfort when she sat down, and her parents continue to deny playing a part in the strange finding.