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The Lycos 50 Blog: News from the Pop Culture Fast Lane
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Girl Swallows Magnets
Haley Lents, an 8-year-old from Indiana, swallowed 30 magnets and steel balls from a toy called Magnetix, made by Mega Brands, in late May. Haley underwent emergency surgery in order to remove the magnets that left 8 gunshot-like wounds in her intestines. Jason Lents says he and his wife were in the room when Haley consumed the parts and doesn’t know why his daughter would do such a thing, saying she “gets A's and B's, and we taught her not to do stuff like this.” Haley Lents told Early Show co-anchor, Maggie Rodriguez, she ingested the ten magnets and 20 steel balls because they “looked like candy.” Haley now wants to tell other kids not to do the same thing; she and her father will be spreading awareness.  Mega Brands has issued the following statement: “Mega Brands was saddened to learn that a child sustained injury from ingesting a large number of toy parts, some of which apparently contained magnets. While we have not been able to confirm whether the toy involved was a Mega Brands product, it is clear this was a highly unusual and isolated situation and is not indicative of any problem with Mega Brands' magnetic construction toys currently on the market. In general, if a child swallows 30 pieces of any toy, it is likely that it will result in harm regardless of the toy in question.”

Posted by lycos50 at 4:48 PM EDT

Friday, 6 June 2008 - 6:46 PM EDT

Name: "Lauren"
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I think someone told her to do that. I mean really, and 8 year old kid doing that? I was playing with Polly Pockets by 5, and I could've inhaled there shoes any old time!

Monday, 9 June 2008 - 1:03 PM EDT

Name: "Karen"

And honestly, they were in the room with her?

She's EIGHT.  She should know by now what's candy and what isn't.  Steel doesn't taste anything LIKE candy!

You'd think they would notice her eating something and ask what it is.


Wednesday, 11 June 2008 - 7:38 PM EDT

Name: "anonymous"

you mean you never put anything but food in your mouth. that means your the perfect one.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 - 7:39 PM EDT

Name: "anonymous"

that was to be for Lauren

Thursday, 12 June 2008 - 3:26 AM EDT

Name: "Xenon"
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Do you think xenon-headlights are the next step to increase safety?

Friday, 13 June 2008 - 3:09 AM EDT

Name: "Chris"

I'm guessing she works well as a compass!

Saturday, 21 June 2008 - 12:23 PM EDT

Name: "Hernan"

Doctors keep interfering with natural selection, survival of the fittest.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 - 11:54 AM EDT

Name: "symonds"

She can swallow even our world also. But interesting.




Wednesday, 2 July 2008 - 5:17 PM EDT

Name: "Carmen"


Just because something like this has never happended to you or someone you know you think you can judge.  How many adults do you see chewing on a pen cap or paper clips, no matter how old some people just put things in their mouths.  Until you go through a situation like this you have no right to judge.  Being the bigger person I wish you well and hope nothing like this ever affects you!!!

Friday, 11 July 2008 - 8:45 PM EDT

Name: "MSN"
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you mean you never put anything but food in your mouth. that means your the perfect one.

Sunday, 20 July 2008 - 8:56 AM EDT

Name: "Busby SEO Challenge"
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I can't imagine, how that think can happen. And where's that chil parents? What they do ?

Tuesday, 12 August 2008 - 6:39 PM EDT

Name: "Busby SEO Challenge"
Home Page: http://htt://

She could probably beat iron man with that! Just kiddin. I'm noticing thatthere  are a lot of unsual things happening to people nowadays.

Thursday, 9 April 2009 - 12:20 AM EDT

Name: "Pedro Montero"
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I really can't understand that an 8 year old girl which is about to actually become an adult will swallow magnets. Not even a 3 year old baby would do such a thing. Who do we get to blaim here?

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