Boy stuck by needles to leave hospital

Tuesday, January 19, 2010
X-ray of needles in Brazilian boy.

In this frame taken from a TV Globo video, a person points at a X-ray of a 2-year-old boy showing needles inside his body in a hospital in Ibotirama, northern Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. A 2-year-old Brazilian boy has as many as 50 metal sewing needles inside his body and a doctor treating the boy said they were apparently stuck there one by one. ((AP Photo/Agencia O Globo))

A 2-year-old Brazilian boy stuck by his stepfather with dozens of sewing needles will be released from the hospital Friday with five needles still on his body.

Doctors were expected to remove four of the remaining needles on Monday, but decided based on new tests that they don't need to be extracted immediately.

The Ana Neri Hospital said Tuesday in a statement that the needles may be removed in the future in minor procedures that don't require hospitalization.

The boy underwent three surgeries after being hospitalized in December.

The toddler's stepfather told Globo TV last year he wanted to kill the child to spite his wife. Police have formally accused him and his lover of attempted murder.

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