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2-Year-Old Turns Blue, Vomits Blood - Doctors Realize What's Happened

A joyous Christmas suddenly turned to tragedy for an Oklahoma family.

NewsOK reported that Brianna Florer, 2, and her three siblings exchanged gifts at their grandparents’ home. By the next day, the little blonde girl had a fever and was vomiting, according to the grandfather, Kent Vice. Brianna’s parents, Brian and Stephanie Florer, called 9-11 on Sunday, when their child started throwing up blood and turning blue.

Brianna vomited again inside the ambulance. “It was a massive amount of blood, and they rushed her to the Grove hospital,” Vice recalled. The girl later underwent surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where doctors determined that she had ingested a button battery made of silver.

“We had no idea she swallowed it,” Vice said. “They operated on her for two and a half hours, but they couldn’t stop the bleeding. They believed the battery ate through to her carotid artery by way of her esophagus. … One minute she is perfect, and the next minute she is dead. On Saturday she was fine. It was a perfect Christmas.”

According to Eddie Johnson of the Oklahoma medical examiner’s office, authorities will not announce the official cause of death until an autopsy report is completed. He said that could take between two and four months.

The grieving grandfather pledged to do what he can to prevent other such deaths. “I want to keep these things out of houses,” he said. “They are dangerous.” Anyone wishing to help the family pay for Brianna’s funeral may visit https://www.gofundme.com/xwgrfwfg.

Source: News OK
Photo: DIY Health

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