A toddler swallowed a battery the size of a 10 pence coin and had to have surgery to remove it from her oesophagus.
Doctors found the watch battery in two-year-old Sofia-Grace’s throat after her dad, Calham, noticed she was having issues eating, drinking and breathing.
After her surgery, the tot had to be fitted with a tube to stop her throat from closing completely and help her eat.
Sofia-Grace was taken to the hospital several times, and GPs failed to find the cause of her symptoms until the battery was eventually spotted via an x-ray.
Calham, from Wiltshire, said he has no idea how his daughter got hold of the battery but is relieved Bristol Royal Hospital found the dangerous item in time.
‘Sofia is now on a purée diet and doing very well. She is improving week by week with regular dilations which is stretching and improving her oesophagus,’ he said.
The hospital has since put out a warning about the dangers of smaller batteries and magnets which are often found in toys.
A spokesperson said: ‘Do not leave button batteries, items containing button batteries, or small magnets lying around the house – keep them out of reach children.
‘A child may not show symptoms if a battery or magnet is swallowed or ingested but it can have severe consequences if not treated or attended to by medical teams quickly.
‘The newer neodymium magnets are much stronger than normal magnets and are found in many household objects and toys.
‘When more than one magnet or a magnet and another metal object is swallowed, it can cause significant damage to the bowel.
‘The more magnets swallowed, the greater the risk. A lithium battery could get stuck in the oesophagus and can cause a significant burn to the tissues within 2 hours.
‘If there is any concern that a child has swallowed a battery or magent, immediately call 999 or attend the Emergency Department (ED).’
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