Sidmouth toddler swallows penny

A x-ray of the penny in the toddler's stomach.

A x-ray of the penny in the toddler's stomach. - Credit: Archant

A Sidmouth toddler gave his parents a fright - after he swallowed a penny.

William Bosence.

William Bosence. - Credit: Archant

William Bosence was playing with a 1pence piece and popped it in his mouth before his mum, Amanda, or dad, Moray, could do anything to stop him.

The panicked couple rushed the two-and-a-half-year-old to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, where he was given an X-ray.

Doctors said there was nothing to worry about as the penny had, fortunately, gone through to his stomach - and all they would have to do was wait for nature to take its course.

Moray said: “My first feeling was panic. One minute he was playing with it, the next we knew he had swallowed it. I picked him up, turned him over and patted him on the back, but nothing came out so we rushed him to the hospital.

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“I just wanted to make sure it had gone through to his stomach and had not become lodged anywhere - luckily it hadn’t.”

William swallowed the coin last Tuesday morning, October 4. After speaking to the Herald this week, his family said the penny was yet to reappear.

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