My boy cured by Coke!
Doctors had an unusual prescription for Matix
Kristin Stanton, 31, Norman Gardens, Qld
What’s in your mouth?’ I asked my two-year-old son Matix. I’d turned my back for a second to talk to his brother, Bailey, 10.
‘I ate it all!’ he giggled. ‘What? Spit it out!’ I said. ‘I think he swallowed my shell,’ Bailey said. ‘I can’t find it.’
‘A shell?’ I exclaimed.
Matix seemed fine, but I whisked him to hospital just in case. An X-ray showed Bailey was right.
‘We’ve located the shell, and it’s large,’ a surgeon said. ‘It’s 3.9cm by 0.8mm and sitting at the entrance to his stomach.’ I was stunned.
‘We’ll monitor him overnight and surgically retrieve it tomorrow via his throat,’ he added.
But the next morning, the surgeon was worried the shell’s sharp ends could perforate my boy’s organs if it moved during surgery.
‘So is there an alternative?’ I asked.
‘Give him Coke to drink,’ he replied. ‘Coke?’ I said, horrified at the idea.
My hubby Dean, 31, and I never gave Matix soft drinks.
‘The acids in it should dissolve the shell a little,’ the surgeon explained.
The idea was Matix would pass the remains of the shell, or the Coke would erode the sharp edges and make it safe to operate.
‘If he starts to vomit, complains of pain, or if there’s any unexplained bleeding, bring him straight back,’ he added.
Matix was given breakfast to make sure food was getting past the shell.
We went home, picking up some Coke on the way.
Pouring a glass, I felt awful giving him the sugary cola.
‘Drink this medicine darling,’ I told him.
‘Mmm,’ he said, thinking it was the best medicine ever.
Telling my friend Nat, 45, she said she knew someone who’d been told to dissolve some meat stuck in his throat by drinking Coke.
‘The paramedics said warm Coke works best,’ she said.
So, I started giving Matix room-temperature Coke – 100ml, three times a day.
High on sugar, he became pretty hyperactive!
A week later, we returned to hospital for another X-ray.
‘The shell’s gone,’ smiled the doctor. ‘The Coke’s completely dissolved it.’
‘That’s wonderful!’ I said, giving Matix a big hug.
I’m so relieved the bizarre cure saved Matix from surgery. Now, he knows only food goes in his mouth!
‘I think he swallowed my shell’
Little Matix thought it was the best medicine ever!