Half-penny surgically removed from child

Half-penny surgically removed from child (foreign body; jar; coin) Half-penny surgically removed from child (foreign body; jar; coin)

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Jar containing foreign body - half penny removed from stomach of 3 1/2 year old by C. P. G. Wakeley, 1914-1930. Mounted on mica sheet, held in place with cotton thread or twine inside cylindrical jar, with glass cap, sealing wax and printed label describing specimen.

Two hours after swallowing this coin, a three and a half-year-old boy was taken to hospital. X-rays showed the coin to be in his throat, but attempts to remove it using a bronchoscope merely pushed it into the stomach.

The coin was eventually removed 27 days later by surgeon Sir Cecil P G Wakeley (1892-1979). It is one of a number of ‘surgically removed objects’ which have been donated to the Wellcome collections.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A78555
Materials:
glass, brass (copper, zinc alloy), wax, mica and cotton (fibre)
Measurements:
cylindrical jar: 100 mm 64 mm, .16kg
type:
foreign body, jar and coin
credit:
Wakeley, C.P.G.

Parts

Half-penny surgically removed from child

Jar containing a half penny removed from stomach of 3 1/2 year old by C. P. G. Wakeley, 1914-1930. Mounted on mica sheet, held in place with cotton thread or twine inside cylindrical jar, with glass cap, sealing wax and printed label describing specimen.

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Two hours after swallowing this coin, a three and a half-year-old boy was taken to hospital. X-rays showed the coin to be in his throat, but attempts to remove it using a bronchoscope merely pushed it into the stomach.

The coin was eventually removed 27 days later by surgeon Sir Cecil P G Wakeley (1892-1979). It is one of a number of ‘surgically removed objects’ which have been donated to Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection.

Materials:
glass , brass (copper, zinc alloy) , wax , mica and cotton (fibre)
Object Number:
A78555/1
type:
foreign body and jar
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum
Label describing coin removed from child

Label describing coin removed from child

Printed label describing foreign body - half penny removed from stomach of 3 1/2 year old by C. P. G. Wakeley, 1914-1930. Mounted on mica sheet, held in place with cotton thread or twine inside cylindrical jar, with glass cap, sealing wax andand printed label describing specimen.

More

Two hours after swallowing this coin, a three and a half-year-old boy was taken to hospital. X-rays showed the coin to be in his throat, but attempts to remove it using a bronchoscope merely pushed it into the stomach.

The coin was eventually removed 27 days later by surgeon Sir Cecil P G Wakeley (1892-1979). It is one of a number of ‘surgically removed objects’ which have been donated to the Wellcome collections.

Measurements:
overall: 2 mm x 122 mm x 62 mm, .1kg
Materials:
cardboard
Object Number:
A78555/2
type:
foreign body and label
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum