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Doctors find toothpick in man’s heart after he complained of fever and weight loss

By Mason White 3:47 PM October 18, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Doctors in Argentina, said that they were shocked to find a toothpick embedded in a man’s heart after he suffered from prolonged fever and weight loss.

The incident unfolded at the Fernandez Hospital in Buenos Aires, where 42-year-old Horacio Rodriguez Videla sought help for consistent fever and weight loss.

Videla said that he began suffering from fever, weight loss and was coughing up blood before going to a hospital in Corrientes for tests.

He was prescribed antibiotics as doctors believed he had pneumonia. Days passed, but Videla’s health did not improve.

Doctors were confused and thought that he might have tuberculosis or AIDS. Videla then decided to travel to Buenos Aires, and he checked himself into the Fernandez Hospital.

Doctors tested his blood and found that there was an infection coming from the heart. For two months, Videla took different medications, but nothing helped.

X-rays and scans showed nothing wrong with his heart. After months on antibiotic, his heart cleared up and doctors noticed a foreign object.

Doctors decided to operate, and were able to remove a toothpick from his heart.

When Videla woke up from the surgery and was told about the toothpick, he admitted to eating sandwiches along with toothpicks with his friend last year.

Apparently, one toothpick pierced his esophagus and went into his heart. This was only the second time in history that doctors removed a toothpick from a man’s heart.

The first incident happened four years ago in China.