China toddler dies after chopstick pokes eye

China toddler dies after chopstick pokes eye
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CHENGDU - JUST days after an operation saved a toddler whose brain was pierced by a chopstick via his eye socket, a 19-month-old boy died from a similar incident in the same hospital in south-western China's Chengdu city, reported a local daily.

Surgeons at West China Hospital on Monday removed the boy's corneas, liver and kidneys for transplantation to five patients after his parents agreed to donate the organs, the West China Metropolis Daily reported.

The incident happened about a month ago in Xiaoxiao's home when he took a wooden chopstick from the dinner table to play with, reported the newspaper.

According to his mother, before she could retrieve the utensil, Xiaoxiao had fallen on a soft cushion on the floor as he ran away.

Picking him up, his mother found his right eye swollen with some blood at the corner.

"As the chopstick had fallen to the floor, we assessed that his eye was only poked but not pierced," his mother told the newspaper.

The family took Xiaoxiao to a hospital where he was given some medicine.

However, the swell worsened in the next few days and fluid kept oozing from his eye.

They went to another hospital where Xiaoxiao was warded as his orbital bone was found to have been fractured.

When his condition did not improve, the boy was transferred to the West China Hospital, where he died later.

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