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Hospital removes broken glass from bride's throat

A local hospital has successfully removed a glass shard, the size of a one-yuan coin, from the throat of a woman who swallowed it in a quarrel with her newly-wed husband, doctors announced today.

The woman, surnamed Du, in Songjiang District, found in the phone of her husband a text message from his ex-girlfriend on the third day of their marriage.

The ex-girlfriend who didn't know about their marriage asked for reunion with the man.

Du quarreled with her husband at night and broke a glass out of rage. She tried to commit suicide by cutting her wrist with a broken piece of glass. Failing to do so, she swallowed it.

In great pain, she went to several district hospitals. Doctors there told her the shard was stuck in the throat and she may suffer from big hemorrhage. The only solution was an open-chest surgery.

The family took her Zhongshan Hospital on the same night and doctors found the shard was stuck in the middle of her esophagus.

"It is the first time for us to remove a glass fragment with many sharp edges," said Dr Yao liqing at the hospital's endoscope center. "Any mistake can injure her esophagus and pharynx, resulting in hemorrhage."

Doctors successfully removed the fragment by using endoscope and treated the wound within 30 minutes.

Doctors said swallowing sharp items can result in hemorrhage and piercing at esophagus and stomach, seriously endangering life. "People shouldn't risk their life like that," Yao said. "Winter is a peak season for hot pot. People should avoid swallowing fish and chicken bones."


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