What started off as a straightforward diagnosis became more unusual for a 7-month-old girl after doctors saw a small feather quill sticking out of her neck.
7-month-old Mya was hospitalized at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center for severe swelling around her neck and jaw. Doctors suspected it was a swollen gland from a staph infection. They then prescribed antibiotics and sent her home.
Unfortunately, the swelling didn’t subside, and instead her jaw was inflamed to the size of a golf ball.
In a follow-up visit, the doctor noticed a small “pimple” in the middle of the swollen area. He popped it, and surprising enough, the quill of a 2-inch black feather appeared.
In an odd turn of events, doctors now believe that Mya swallowed a feather which her body had started to reject.
“They pulled a feather out of my child,” Mya’s dad Aaron Whittington said. “How crazy is that?’