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Claim: A girl required surgery after swallowing a wire that had come loose from a barbeque grill cleaning brush and was cooked into a hamburger.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2000]
Origins: We inquired directly of the Children's Hospital in Galveston about this report, and they were kind enough to provide a response which we reproduce below in toto:
Unlikely as it sounds, in the spring of 2000 a teenage patient with an obstruction — which turned out to be a piece of wire which she'd accidentally ingested — was transferred to and successfully treated at the Children's Hospital in Galveston. Children's Hospital is part of the six-hospital University of Texas Medical Branch, an academic health center in Southeast Texas which features a state-of-the-art trauma center and is a hub for the region's most complexLast updated: 31 December 2005
The facts are a bit off, though. For example, the actual surgery took less than an hour, although some additional time was spent taking
The doctors at UTMB remind that it's always important to make certain any food isn't contaminated with anything that shouldn't be eaten. It is a good idea to make sure grills are clean and free of rust or other debris, but remember that bones, hard candy and other small items present a far more common choking risk for children.
Proper handling and preparation of food, especially ground beef, is particularly critical. Beef should be kept refrigerated until it goes on the grill, burgers should be cooked until juices run clear (at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit), and any leftovers should be promptly stored back in the refrigerator or in a cooler. One of the biggest risks from summer grill-outs can't be seen or picked out: it's bacteria.
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