Fidget spinner sends boy to hospital emergency


Brand new kids' toy proved to be a choking hazard.


A seven-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital in Sydney after swallowing a washer from his brand-new fidget spinner toy.

He was playing with his shiny fidget spinner when its washer came undone and shot into his mouth.

His mother shared the experience with the Facebook group North Shore Mums, along with an X-ray image of his chest clearly showing a washer slightly smaller than a 20-cent coin.

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"Parents of fidget spinners beware ... our son swallowed the disc of a fidget spinner last night and ended up at [Royal North Shore Hospital] Emergency," she wrote.

"The side of the spinner was cracked and when he spun it, the disc flew in his mouth. Before he realised, he swallowed it!"

She chose to share the experience to increase awareness among mothers. 

"He has to pass it within two days or we're looking at alternative methods of extraction," the boy's mother added.

"Ours are now in the bin."

Fidget spinners have recently surged in popularity. They were originally developed to help people channel nervous energy into a toy conducive to one-hand fidgeting.

This latest incident comes after a fidget spinner was recalled last month due to its button-battery not being secured. The recall notice warned it would lead to "serious illness and even death" if it was ingested.

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