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Scissors removed from head of boy

SHANGHAI Children's Hospital said yesterday its doctors successfully removed a pair of scissors from the head of a three-year-old boy who was rushed to Shanghai from Jiaxing in neighboring Zhejiang Province on Sunday night.

The boy underwent four hours of emergency surgery starting at 11pm on Sunday night.

"So far, he is in stable condition and no pathological consequence of his head injury has been detected," says Yang Xiaodong, a hospital official.

The parents, who live in Jia-shan, a city near Jiaxing, said the boy was standing on a chair while playing with the scissors on Sunday. Other family members were busy in another room. They rushed to the boy when he burst out crying after he fell from the chair and the scissors embedded in the right side of his face.

He was first sent to a nearby hospital in Jiashan and then transferred to the Jiaxing No. 2 Hospital, where a CT scan showed a scissor blade entered the boy's brain. Doctors suggested the boy be sent to Shanghai, where hospitals are capable of complex surgery.

"Our doctors were shocked when they saw the boy, who had a pair of 20-centimeter scissors in the face right next to his right eye," Yang said. "Fortunately, he was conscious and complained about a headache."

Dr Chen Ruoping, director of the neurosurgery department of Shanghai Children's Hospital, said the scissors didn't hurt major blood vessels or injure too much brain tissue.

"The boy shouldn't have serious complications," he said.

"There are more such accidents taking place with children, and adults must take good care of sharp objects like knives and scissors at home to prevent accidents and protect children's safety."


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