Kids are always curious and often unaware of the consequences of their actions – something that may result in unfortunate accidents.
That’s what happened to Salma Bashir when she got her intestines ripped out of her body as she sat on the suction valve inside a kiddie swimming pool.
The accident occurred when the 5-year-old girl was traveling with her family in Egypt. She went for a swim in a ‘baby pool’ and after playing around, she decided to sit down.
Unfortunately, she sat on the pool’s suction valve and its force suck her digestive tract out of her with ease.
In an interview with Barcroft TV, the young girl said: “I was just swimming. All of a sudden, I just sat on it by accident.”
Salma said “the lifeguard tried to pull me out, and he couldn’t because the suction was so much.”
After some time, Salma managed to break free but the damage had already been done.
Her mom, Dena Ghaly, added: “I found someone carrying her and all her intestines came out from her body. I couldn’t believe that it was intestine I thought at the beginning it was her swimming suit.”
The young girl said that she went unconscious when the accident happened.
She was taken to a Pennsylvania hospital where her life was saved. But as a tourist, she could not qualify for health insurance.
In addition, a GoFundMe campaign started to help with her medical expenses revealed that the small-intestine transplant to treat her was unsuccessful.
Getting rid of the dead tissue meant surgeons had to take out her gall bladder and large intestine with her stomach left exposed.
“My stomach was open so bad, we could literally see my insides,” Salma shared. “It’s filled with tissue, so thankfully you can’t really see insides or anything, but it’s leaking 24-seven.”
Because she can no longer eat solid foods, Salma gets her nutrition from “a bag full of fluids with all the nutrition you need, such as calcium, sodium, glucose, all the vitamins and everything you need.”
Sometimes, she also chews solid food her mother makes to enjoy the flavor, but she has to spit them out. “The reason I don’t absorb food is that I don’t have the intestines at all. So there’s nowhere for it to go if I eat anything,” she added.
Salma has raised around $50,000 through her GoFundMe page. Their family hasn’t given up hope. Her mother said: “She’s doing very good things with her condition.”
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