X-ray shows a troll doll in a two-year-old girl’s stomach after she swallowed and choked on the toy.
Eloise Huggett and her sister, Millie, were ready for bed last Wednesday when parents Melanie and Justin heard their toddler struggling to breathe in her bedroom in Townsville, Queensland.
‘We didn’t know Eloise actually had the troll in her hand, and the next minute we heard her choking and we were trying to figure out what it was,’ Mrs Huggett told Daily Mail Australia.
She had the head of the Mandy Sparkledust troll in her hand, and the parents realised Eloise had swallowed the troll’s 6cm long and 2cm wide plastic body.
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‘I initially panicked, I was very obviously concerned for her,’ Mrs Huggett said.
‘My husband was the calm one in the situation.’
Mr Huggett began administering first-aid in an attempt to dislodge the doll from Eloise’s throat, with his hand on her back.
‘We needed to get it out of her airways, that was the most critical point. She was struggling to breathe at that stage,’ Mrs Huggett said.
‘We leapt into action pretty quickly to get it out.’
‘She ended up swallowing it down and she let out a big cry; it was a relief because we knew she was breathing again. It was pretty scary. It was awful.’
Eloise was taken from the Alice River home to Townsville Hospital, where an x-ray showed the doll had made its way to her stomach and was safely and gradually making its way through her body.
Doctors told the family Eloise did not require surgery and the troll doll would make its way out naturally.
‘Over the next 24-hours, she was experiencing some level of discomfort. She knew something wasn’t right,’ Mrs Huggett said.
The mother said Eloise wasn’t vomiting or acting out of character.
‘She was just a bit uncomfortable.
‘We knew the troll was making its exit from the body.
‘We’re lucky it ended the way it did, and it came out the other end with minimal discomfort.’
The Townsville mother said other parents who’ve been putting off doing a first-aid course should try to make the time.
‘It’s such an important skill to have.’
Eloise may have got the idea from the popular Trolls movie she loves to watch. During the movie characters swallow the little trolls whole.
Do you think the message for parents here is a reminder to watch the kids favourite movie with them and have a discussion around various aspects (ie that we don’t really eat people/toys) or is that a bit OTT?
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