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12-year-old girl gets her tongue stuck to flagpole

By Mason White 12:05 PM January 7, 2014
Maddie Gilmartin 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A little girl thought that her tongue would never get stuck to a flagpole, but she was wrong.

Maddie Gilmartin was helping her father during a snow storm in eastern Kingston, New Hampshire, when she suddenly felt an urge to do something weird with her tongue.

“It’s just kind of popped into my head. ‘Hey, what if I stuck my tongue to a flagpole? It will come off immediately,’” Maddie Gilmartin recalled.

Then, she did it. “I was like, ‘Did I really just do it myself?’” she said.

Her mother, Tracy, was inside the house and her father, Shawn, was plowing snow in his driveway.

“Tracy saw Maddie flapping her arms, but she thought the child was playing. “I saw her at the flagpole. She waved her arms, and I was not sure what’s going on until I got closer,” Shawn Gilmartin said.

The 12-year-old tried to pull her tongue free, which made her bleed. When Shawn Gilmartin went to his daughter, he tried to use the heat of his breath to free her tongue, but that did not work.

The parents called 911 and waited for EMS to arrive. While waiting, they were able to use warm water to free her tongue from the flagpole.

For 15 minutes, her tongue was stuck to the flagpole. The girl suffered pain to her lips and tongue.

Maddie compared the pain with numerous bee stings.

She’s doing well and doctors said that her swelling will go away after six weeks.