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Government Warns Of Magnetic Toys That Rip Through Intestines And Could Cause Fatalities

DAILYMAIL.COM - The government has warned that highly magnetic ball-bearing office toys could cause death after several children were hospitalized with holes in their stomachs and intestines after they mistakenly swallowed the magnets.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a warning on  on Thursday saying that the magnets can cause small holes in the stomach and intestines, intestinal blockage, blood poisoning and even death.

Tonya Monteith, the mother of an 18-month-old Nevada boy, said she could tell something was wrong with her son Jericho, but neither she nor her doctors could immediately see what.

Worried after four days of her son running a fever and vomiting, Ms Monteith raced him to an emergency room where an ultrasound pinpointed their problem.

'They came back and said he had three metal spheres in his lower right abdomen, and they asked if I knew what it was,' Ms Monteith told ABC News.

The magnets which belonged to Ms Montheith's 16-year-old nephew, 'had attached themselves to each other through his intestines', according to Ms Monteith, 'and everywhere that those magnets touched ate through his intestines.'

Doctors were forced to remove three inches of Jericho's small intestine, and six inches of his large. Click here to read more and to look at more photos

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