Children really can do the silliest of things, from drawing on the walls with permanent marker or cutting up their clothes to make outfits for their teddies.
Well that is what I did as a kid, but one 11-year-old did something so silly he ended up having to undergo surgery in hospital.
Growing up you may have had magnetic beads, those strange silver magnetised balls which you could shape into whatever you want.
There is something so satisfying about watching someone play with magnetic beads:
I would have thought it would be clear to any child that you shouldn’t insert magnetic beads into any of your orifices, but that’s exactly what this 11-year-old did.
The boy, nicknamed Xiaohua, from east China was taken to the Children’s Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine early on Monday morning (March 25).
He had to undergo a two-hour-long operation as doctors removed 70 magnetic balls from the child’s bladder after he had pushed them up there via his urinary tract.
We will never know why the Buckyballs, each about five millimetres (0.2 inches) in diameter, were inserted into his penis as the boy was reluctant to give an explanation.
To be honest though, I don’t really want know why he did it.
While in his bladder the balls had bundled together, well they are magnetic, leaving the boy in constant pain, also having difficulty urinating.
Doctors successfully removed the beads in a minimally invasive surgery and the child is expected to make a full recovery.
Dr Tao Chang said this isn’t the first time he has had to remove objects from the bladders of young boys, explaining he has found ‘sewing needles, cables and copper wire’ before, all of which were pushed through the urethra.
Explaining ‘as children mature, it is normal for them to become more curious about their bodies’, Dr Chang added it is vital both teachers and parents discuss puberty with their children, so they can understand the changes their bodies are going through.
Although Dr Chang is right, until today I wouldn’t have thought anyone would need explaining why they shouldn’t insert magnetic beads into themselves.
You can add ‘sewing needles, cables and copper wire’ to that list too…
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.