Those with young children know how careful you have to be with small things. Some accidents can have serious consequences … or durable.

This is what happened to Mary McCarthy, a 45-year-old New Zealand woman who suffered from chronic pain in her nose and has now discovered why: a token from a game tabletop It was introduced into a girl’s nostril and has been housed there for 37 years.

As collected by the Daily Mail, the woman underwent a PCR to detect if she had coronavirus, and after they introduced her the swab through the nose, the pain and discomfort worsened, detecting an infection.

Doctors detected a foreign body and she was subjected to a surgical operation, in which the surprised surgeons found a yellow piece, which had created calcifications around it, from a game of Tiddlywinks (known in Spain as ‘the flea’), a common table entertainment in Anglo-Saxon countries and in which pieces are used very similar to those of Spanish Parcheesi.

The woman, who for the first time in 37 years can breathe through her right nostril, then recalled that as a girl and playing with her brothers, she put in several chips to play to expel them by exhaling through her nose. But on one of the occasions, inhaled, and the piece stayed inside from their nostrils.

Little mary he was afraid to tell his mother what he had done, and over time he was forgetting his mischief, despite the fact that since then he had trouble breathing, which now, 37 years later, he has finally overcome.

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