Young boy has part of bowel removed after copying TikTok Trend

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Young boy has part of his bowel removed after copying a dangerous TikTok Trend.  

A 9-year-old boy has shockingly had to have part of his bowel removed after he followed a popular TikTok trend and accidentally managed to swallow three magnetic fidget balls.

Preston Adlam’s mum Lindsay took to social media to share a warning after the shocking incident which left her son needing emergency surgery. As reported by Belfast Live he had to undergo emergency surgery after the magnetic balls managed to connect together inside his body.

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The family noticed that Preston was feeling ill on Saturday night after he had been playing with the fidget toy.

Preston’s aunt Claire explained that: “Preston had been using them (the balls) and was following some TikTok trend where people put them on their tongue in order to pretend that they have a piercing and he has swallowed three of them by accident.

“He had been given them and his mum had no idea that he had them until it was too late.”


His mum also took to social media in a bid to warn other parents. She commented that: “So we all know that the new craze for kids are fidget toys, including these magnetic balls. If your kids have them please, please, please throw them in the bin now!

“This is no joke please throw them out if you have them, they are too dangerous and really should be illegal to sell.”

In a final message to parents Claire said: “These are sold as educational toys and are very cheap to buy and will be something easily accessible to children.


“Parents need to be aware of the dangers of these toys because a small accident can have horrendous consequences.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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