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Mysterious needle found in girl's brain

A WOMAN has called on police to investigate after a needle was found in her 11-year-old daughter's brain and she believes it may have been inserted by someone 10 years ago.

The girl had the needle successfully removed in an operation at Chengdu Military General Hospital in Sichuan Province, Chengdu Evening News reported yesterday.

The needle had impaired the girl's physical and mental development. She has the intelligence of a child of three years old, according to doctors cited in the report.

The mother Yang Xiaohui told the newspaper her daughter often cried and ran a fever, which she had blamed on poor health. She couldn't walk or speak until she was six, Yang added.

The needle was first discovered during a CT check in the summer at a hospital in Zhejiang Province, where Yang and her husband were working.

Yang took the girl back to her hometown in Sichuan for medical help.

Kuang Yongqin, the neurosurgeon who removed the needle from the girl's brain on Wednesday, said the needle was 5 centimeters long and had grown into the brain tissue, apparently because it had been there for a long time.

He believed the needle had been inserted in the girl's brain before the skull had fully closed atop the head.

Yang called police to investigate because she suspects someone close to the family may have been behind the act. She said she always felt her daughter was not welcome in the family, according to the report.


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