For many children, ear piercing is a rite of passage, but one young girl — and her mother — had a nightmare experience when her new piercing became infected and landed her in the hospital.
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According to People, last month, Suzie Nesbit took her 7-year-old daughter, Lily, to get her ears pierced at a Claire’s accessories shop in Harlow, Essex County. The mother of three took her daughter in August because she wanted to ensure Lily’s new piercing would be healed before the school year started, and by all accounts, the healing process was going well. Nesbit told People she was cleaning Lily’s ears three times a day with the store’s special ear care solution, as advised, and things looked fine on Aug. 22 — when Nesbit removed her daughter’s first set of earrings.
However, a week later, things took a dangerous turn when Nesbit and Lily noticed a discharge coming from the young girl’s ear. When Nesbit went to clean the area, she saw the butterfly back of Lily’s piercing was missing.
Of course, Nesbit assumed the clasp had simply fallen off. As such, she attempted to pull Lily’s earring out. However, when she couldn’t free it a family friend — and nurse — suggested the earring back might be embedded.
Nesbit rushed Lily to the hospital.
“We didn’t think it was possible for the back to get stuck in her ear due to the size of it,” Nesbit told People, but “I couldn’t push the earring back or forwards, it was absolutely horrible.”
According to People, once at the hospital, emergency room staff needed to use a scalpel to remove the embedded closure.
“When the needle went into her ear it obviously really hurt her as it was so sensitive and she screamed out. She was then properly crying too, it was horrendous,” Nesbit recalled to The Sun. “When the anaesthetic kicked in the nurse got the scalpel and had to reopen the wound and pop it out. It was horrific watching her go through such agony.”
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