Six-year-old Anthony and his family were enjoying hamburgers from the grill when something didn’t feel right after he took his first bite this past June. The boy began to cry, prompting his parents to take him to their local hospital immediately. His situation escalated so quickly, he was transported to another hospital.
Doctors found one wire bristle stuck in the boy’s throat. They removed the bristle but he was not out of the wood’s yet.
The six-year-old developed an infection in his throat from bacteria found in the tiny bristle.
Dr. Ian Dempsey, an otolaryngologist, says the first challenge is finding the bristle which he compares to finding a needle in a haystack.
Dr. Dempsey said the surgery would be the equivalent of removing an acupuncture needle out of a grapefruit without actually touching or puncturing the fruit. “None of us have figured out a surefire way to get rid of them, so we’d prefer just to prevent it from happening in the first place,” Dempsey said.
Here are other ways to clean your barbecue:
1. Warm up the bbq to loosen all the grime. Use tin foil crumpled into a ball and using tongs to hold it, wipe the grill up and down.
2. Take half an onion and dip it in olive oil. Using tongs, wipe the grill down.
3. Use a steam brush or wooden brush.
The experience left Anthony traumatized to the point he is terrified of eating anything made on the barbecue.
His mom Nadia does not ever want to see those types of brushes around. She wants this horrible ordeal to serve as a warning. “I hope to have these brushes removed from the shelves, have them banned,” she says.
Source: CBC News