Japanese boy comatose after swallowing sand
Tue, Nov 11, 2008
Yomiuri Shimbun


UTSUNOMIYA (Japan) --A 13-year-old boy fell into a coma Saturday evening after choking on sand he swallowed while playing in a sandpit at a local school in Oyamachi, Tochigi Prefecture, police said.

The second-year student of the municipally run Shiroyama Chuo Middle School, together with five other members of the school's archery club, dug a 70-centimeter-deep hole in the sandpit in the yard of municipally run Shiroyama Chuo Primary School at around 5 p.m. Four of them sat side by side in the hole and buried themselves up to their necks.

The boy collapsed immediately after he got out of the sandpit at about 5:35 p.m., with sand lodged in his windpipe. A passerby called the police, and the boy was taken to a hospital, the police said.


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