Courtesy Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
Three-year-old Payton Bushnell was feeling sick for several days, describing symptoms that sounded very much like the flu.
But when her parents took her to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, X-rays showed a stunning image: 37 small metal balls in her intestines.
According to NewsChannel 8
, Payton is now listed in good condition after doctors removed what turned out to be Buckyballs high-powered magnets, billed as "the world's best selling desk toy" that can be shaped into "unlimited forms" for "stress relief."
In a statement on its website
, Buckyballs said it was "saddened" to learn about Payton but were "relieved that she is expected to make a full recovery."
"This unfortunate incident underscores the fact that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults. They are not toys and are not intended for children."