Woman undergoes surgery after accidentally ingesting bristle from grill brush

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Cheryl Harrison had to undergo emergency surgery after swallowing a wire bristle from a grill brush.

WALLINGFORD, CT -- A 52-year-old woman had to undergo emergency surgery after accidentally ingesting a metal bristle from a grill brush.

Cheryl Harrison was rushed to a Connecticut hospital with extreme stomach pain two days after eating a hamburger.

"It was just a pain that I have never felt before," Harrison told WFSB-TV. "I felt my stomach was bloated... extremely tender to the touch. You could not even push on anything - just hurt my stomach."

When a scan revealed the thin piece of metal in her intestine, she underwent surgery to remove the inch-long wire.

The wire from a grill brush stands next to a quarter for reference.

"Obviously, if it was in my mouth and I bit it, I wouldn't have swallowed it," Harrison said during a press conference at MidState Medical Center. "It must have been positioned in that burger just perfect, and I ingested it and swallowed it."

Dr. Aziz Benbrahim, part of the medical team that treated Harrison, told reporters that foreign objects in the bowel like a wire bristle can be life-threatening, but it is not the first time he has removed a similar object from a patient.

Luckily for Harrison, the bristle in her intestine was discovered early and she is recovering.