A woman from the town of Jericho in Antioquia had to undergo surgery to remove a toothbrush from her intestines she swallowed for inexplicable reasons.
The toothbrush was stuck in the intestines of the woman after she apparently accidentally swallowed it while brushing her teeth Friday evening. The woman is not able to explain how she was able to swallow the object and whether it was because of an accident or stupidity.
Doctors in her hometown — alarmed by the seriousness of the situation — referred the woman to Ciudad Bolivar to undergo treatment, but the doctors there also felt incompetent to remove the toothbrush and referred the woman to a Medellin hospital.
Doctors in the San Vicente de Paul hospital in the capital of Antioquia were able to remove the toothbrush by lowering an endoscope down the woman’s throat until it was able to grab toothbrush and pull it out.
According to relatives of the patient, the woman is now doing well but needs to do a check-up next week.
It is not the first time a woman swallows a toothbrush. A 26-year old woman from Sweden reportedly did it before the Jericho resident.