Clipped From The Weekly Wisconsin
to as THEHATPIN KILLED HER Successful Surgical Operation Did f * Not Save Little Frances Nelson. jtencsha. \Vis..-Aug. 4.-r-[Specia]J^ Tne* reports in the Chicago papers of. the operation for the removal of a hatpin, perfornfed on little Frances Nelson, who FUAXCES XE. (Victim of the Hatpin.) was taken to the Presbyterian hospital at Chicago, were incorrect in some particulars. particulars. The little girl's parents reside here. The operation was successful so far as the removal of the pin from the oesophegns was concerned, but the unfortunate unfortunate child died n few days after, of HOW THE X-RAT DISCLOSED POSITION Of THE PIN. THE pneumonia which had set in in consequence/ consequence/ of the irritation of the pin. The location of the pin was ascertained as stated in the reports by means of the X-ray in. the laboratory of W. C. Fnchs. Several days ago Mrs. Nelson and the child were alone in the house, when the woman had occasion to leave the room. To amuse the infant and keep it quiet while she was gone Mrs. Nelson gave it a jaily decorated hat, to which the child iiad taken a fancy Because of its bright trimmings. She had been gone from the room bnt a short time when she heard the little one cry. Returning at oaw she saw that the child's lip was bleeding, but could find nothing that wonld cause an injury. In a few momenta little Frances ceased her weeping and seemed to be all right. The mother paid no further attention to the matter until she picked up her hat aud-saw that the pin she bad left in it was missing. She searched the room, but it could not be found, and at last the fear seized her that the little one had swallowed it, and that it was this that caused the infant to cry and its mouth to bleed. Local physicians were called, bnt they scouted the possibility of such a thing. A child that small could not swallow 3 hatpin such as Mrs. Nelson described, they said. And then the condition of the girl, who gave no sign of anything being wrong-, seemed to bear out the doctors' theory. But Sirs. Nelson was not satisfied. She insisted that the pin had gone down the child's threat and she induced her husband to bring her and the little one to Chicago for the purpose of consulting some surgeon surgeon here. One of the best physicians in the city was visited and he also gave it as his opinion opinion that the child could not have swallowed swallowed a hatpin six and one-half inches long. But in tarderrto satisfy the parents he suggested tl&t the X-rays be utilized. The child was taken to W. C. Fuchs, manager of tae Boentgen/X-ray laboratory in the Schiller rjnildijg, by whom a photograph photograph of its stfmac£ was taken. There, plainly enbngh,*was to'be seen the missing missing hatpin. -> : The glass head was downward and the action of the stomach in'-its work of digestion digestion had kept it up te the top of that organ. The point extended np about four inche&iD the esophagus. _, • Framces/was conveyed to the Presbyterian Presbyterian hospital where the'obstruction was removed by a simple operation.