Doctor Pulls Small Feather Out of Baby's Neck
It may have come from a feather pillow
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2012 8:12 AM CST
This photo shows Mya Whittington in Hutchinson, Kan. The marked area on the neck shows the size of the original swollen infected area that was caused by a feather that she ingested from a pillow.   (AP Photo/The Hutchinson News, Travis Morisse)

(Newser) – Seven-month-old Mya Whittington had been crying and pulling at the skin under her ear for weeks, leading her parents to think she might be teething. They had no idea how wrong they were. The left side of her face finally began to swell last weekend, leading Mya's parents to take her to the hospital on Sunday. Confused doctors thought it might be a lymph node infection, and tried and failed to drain the area. A few hours passed, then something white and string-like began to emerge from the bump. A shocked pediatrician pulled out a two-inch feather, reports ABC News.

Doctors suspect the feather came from a feather pillow, but no one knows how it made its way into Mya's neck. The doctors' "best guess is that she either inhaled it or tried swallowing it and it got lodged in the throat somewhere, and the body, just being crazy, just started to reject it and force it out the side of her neck," said Mya's father, Aaron. Mya is now "almost 100% recovered," and won't need any surgery.

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Dec 14, 2012 11:01 PM CST
Maybe the baby is part bird. Ever think of that? (Hey, they didn't say if the baby was given birth or hatched...)
Dec 14, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Thankfully it wasn't a crayon. I thought it was supposed to be a coin pulled from your ear? Worst magic trick ever.
Dec 14, 2012 11:29 AM CST
I am surprised no one is flipping out that the 7 month old was near a feathered pillow to even have the chance to have gotten a feather in her mouth. Every parent knows that a baby should not lay on pillows. It is a baby no no. Weirdly amazing how our bodies work. Eating a Feather= feather exiting through neck....Note that in our science books please. So we know for next time. If she attempts to fly when she is older, blame it on he wings.......I see a Red Bull future for her. Dang it I will stop. Tough little kid, that is for sure!!!! I would have freaked the freak out.