A very bizarre medical case in Northwest China has parents, doctors and
the media baffled. An 18-month-old girl is excreting metal nails with
no apparent discomfort and no sign of her having eaten anything other
than normal food.
Doctors at the Childrens Hospital of Yulin city, Shaanxi province,
where the little girl is being kept under observation while her astonishing
case is being investigated, said the baby girl has excreted 21 nails and
a steel pin during the past month.
At first we thought the baby accidentally swallowed such things,
but after being confined in the hospital she continued to expel nails
day by day. And more surprisingly, x-rays showed new nails in her stomach
after each excretion, He Bo, president of the hospital said.
It is not unknown for babies to swallow all sorts of objects; at a certain
stage of development toddlers tend to put things into their mouths. It
is also a medical fact that, if lacking certain minerals, babies may try
to satisfy that need by eating charcoal, soil and so on. But this strange
case is unprecedented.
The babys parents told the media that they are entirely at a loss
as to how to explain their daughters case. They wonder whether for
some inexplicable reason their daughter might be producing
nails in her stomach. The doctors showed reporters four nails and a steel
pin they claimed the girl has excreted.
He Bo announced to the media that from now on the girl will be placed
under closer scrutiny and confined to her hospital bed.
In a similar case, in August 2008, Indonesian media sources reported on
the strange case of a woman whose body produced fine metal wires just
under her skin and protruding through it. The wires were between 10-20
The womans name is Noorsyaidah; she is a teacher from Sangatta,
East Kutai and a graduate of Mulawarman Universitys school of social
and political sciences.
Her first symptoms started manifesting in 1991. The metal wires grew out
of her chest, her belly and hands. God probably wants to show His
Almightiness through this odd disease, said Noor.
She said that to prevent the wires from hurting her skin, she wore the
upper part of a two-piece mukena, the loose clothing worn by Muslim women
when praying, and trousers only up to her lower abdomen. She does not
allow the wires to stop her from conducting daily activities. As a Muslim,
she added she never forgets to perform the Shalat prayers five times a