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Chopstick stuck in toddler's brain

A TODDLER is recovering after doctors removed a chopstick from his brain after an accident at home, a hospital spokesman said yesterday.

The 14-month-old boy, Li Jingchao, from Shandong Province, is being treated at Bo Ai Hospital in Beijing for an infection caused by the life-threatening impalement, spokesman Chen Yawei said.

Li was playing with chopsticks when he fell and began crying when a chopstick pierced through his nose.

Because local hospitals did not have the technology to safely remove the chopstick, Li's parents traveled 10 hours north by car to Beijing on December 26 immediately after the accident, Chen said.

Neurosurgeons removed the chopstick, which was lodged 4 millimeters into Li's brain. He is expected to be released from hospital in about a week.


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