‘It can happen in a split second’: Mom shares warning after son swallows 27 magnets

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Meghan Holohan

Justin MacNair stepped out of the room for just a moment, but when he returned his then 4-year-old stepson, Peyton, was crying a bit. He said he swallowed something and it was stuck in his throat. When MacNair’s wife, Jessica, peered into Peyton’s mouth, she realized what he swallowed and how dangerous it was.

“I looked in the back of his throat and saw two magnets stuck together, one on each side of his uvula,” the 30-year-old science teacher from Greenwood, Indiana, told TODAY.

Next she noticed the rest of the small, round magnetic balls were missing. When she couldn’t find them, she realized what had happened: Peyton swallowed them. They rushed to the local emergency room.

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Peyton, now 6, accidentally swallowed magnets when he strung them together like a snake and pretended he was eating spaghetti. His mom, Jessica MacNair, wants to raise awareness about the dangers of tiny magnets. (Courtesy Jessica MacNair)
Peyton, now 6, accidentally swallowed magnets when he strung them together like a snake and pretended he was eating spaghetti. His mom, Jessica MacNair, wants to raise awareness about the dangers of tiny magnets. (Courtesy Jessica MacNair)


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For one scary moment, doctors couldn't see the magnets in Peyton's stomach and thought they had slipped back into his small intestine. They pulled the camera back and realized they were stuck to the scope but still in the stomach. (Courtesy Jessica MacNair)
For one scary moment, doctors couldn’t see the magnets in Peyton’s stomach and thought they had slipped back into his small intestine. They pulled the camera back and realized they were stuck to the scope but still in the stomach. (Courtesy Jessica MacNair)



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