A 12-year-old Russian girl died in agony after accidentally swallowing a tiny lithium watch battery that became embedded in her esophagus, according to a report.
Valeria Makarova, who had been changing the battery in her watch when the accident happened, was told by doctors at a hospital that it would pass naturally and to go home, the UK’s Sun reported.
She soon began coughing up blood and was given an X-ray, but doctors couldn’t spot the battery because it had gotten jammed in her esophagus, according to the news outlet.
Lithium button batteries can cause a lethal chemical reaction as they react with saliva.
“Her death is so painful, all the more because it was a terrible accident,” a family friend said.
“Valeria was changing a button battery in her watch and automatically put it in her mouth. She accidentally swallowed it,” the friend said, according to The Sun. “This is a ridiculous death of a child, who had turned 12 on May 5.”
Authorities have launched a preliminary investigation into the treatment the girl received at hospitals in her hometown of Zhukovka and Bryansk city.
Another friend, Elizaveta Smirnova, posted that Valeria had suffered for several days.
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