Brazil needle boy has second operation

Current news updates, World current newsA 2-year-old Brazilian boy has undergone a second operation to remove sewing needles pushed into his body by his stepfather.

In a 3 hour operation, surgeons took out 14 needles piercing the boy's liver, bladder and intestines. 4 needles which had come perilously close to his heart and lungs were removed last week. One further operation is still required.
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Stepfather Roberto Carlos Magalhaes said he had wanted to assassinate the boy.

He said he got the boy drunk on wine before inserting the needles, up to 3 times in a month, as a way of taking revenge on his wife. The latest operation comes after Mr Magalhaes, 30, and his lover Angelina Ribeiro dos Santos were formally charged with attempted murder.

X-rays exposed some 30 needles lodged all over the child's body. A few of them are considered harmless, but 2 needles close to the boy's spinal column will be taken out in a final operation next week, a hospital spokesperson said.

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