Tuesday, 16. September 2014
02. 05. 14. - 16:00
A toddler rushed to hospital after breaking a thermometer and eating the deadly mercury inside was told to wait - and let the deadly metal pass out harmlessly.
And despite going to a succession of medics all the doctors told the baby's worried mum the same thing - that all they could do was to let nature take it's course.
The accident happened in Izhevsk, the capital city of the Udmurt Republic in the remote Urals region of Russia.
Klim Kamenko, aged 4, was caught chewing the thermometer by his mother Tatiana Kamenko, 32, and had swallowed almost half the lethal fluid metal by sucking it out of the smashed glass vial before she got it off him.
Doctors X-rayed the child before declaring that the mercury should pass through his system without causing damage.
Tatiana said: "I called an ambulance and they told me to wait until it passed out naturally, but I didn't trust them and so I took him to hospital, where they said the same. I still was not sure so I took him to a specialist toxicologist, and after he said the same, we decided to wait."
Elemental mercury is significantly harder to be absorbed into the body than its compounds and as the metal in the thermometer is elemental, it should be able to pass through the body without serious harm, say experts.
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