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7-year-old ends up in the emergency room after swallowing AirPod

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What you need to know

  • A 7-year-old in Atlanta has ended up in the hospital after swallowing an AirPod.
  • The boy had received a new iPhone and AirPods as a Christmas present.
  • According to the doctors, the AirPod will apparently pass on its own.

AirPods continue to be easy to lose, but this latest case is a bit different than those of us that are absent-minded and leave the headphones in a Starbucks. Reported by WSB-TV2 in Atlanta, a 7-year-old in Georgia has landed themselves in the emergency room after swallowing one of their Christmas gifts - an AirPod.

Kiara Stroud, the boy's mother, says that she had bought her son a new iPhone and AirPods for Christmas, but that things got scary when he son said he had swallowed on of the AirPods. As to how he had ended up swallowing the headphone, Stroud explained that "he said he was holding it in his mouth by the long part."

When Stroud and her son got to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egelston, the doctor was unsure as to what an AirPod was. "She was like, 'An AirPod? You know, it's really unique. I never really heard of this,' and I'm like, 'Yeah, it's a wireless headset,' and she was just amazed. I've never seen anything like it," Stroud said.

But, when the physician did an X-ray of her son's stomach, they found the AirPod. "We actually saw it because it has metal in it, so we could see it in the X-ray and I'm like, 'This boy really swallowed his AirPod!'" Stroud said.

When asked how the AirPod needed to be removed, the doctor assured Stroud and her son that the headphone was small enough to pass on its own. That still left her son with a unique concern.

"He was like, 'Mom. I don't want my phone,' because he got a phone for Christmas as well, and he's like, 'I don't want to be near my phone. I don't want it to connect to my phone and start playing music.' I'm like, 'Oh my God.' He's a crazy kid," Stroud said.

Joe Wituschek
Contributor

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

5 Comments
  • If the ER physician never heard of an AirPod, I’d pick another hospital. Has she ever heard of Penicillin?
  • Not everyone is mad on technology, I know a lot of older people who wouldn't know what an AirPod was.
  • I’m just amazed that anyone would gift a SEVEN YEAR OLD CHILD an iPhone and AirPods!
  • My first phone was at around 13, a much more reasonable age, and that was just the phone, no expensive earphones etc. 7 years old is far too young
  • My grandson was just born two weeks ago and I'm trying to decide whether he should get a MacBook or Surface. ;)