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For every choking-related death, an estimated 110 children are treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal choking.[Ref:43]
Sunflower seeds are commonly “husked” within one’s mouth. This can be dangerous (even for professional athletes), especially if one stumbles or is surprised and gasps for air. The husk (shell) of the sunflower seed can fly into the airway and lodge in a bronchus. Empty husks (shells) should be kept out of reach of toddlers, who might pick one up and then choke on it.[Ref:25]
The foreign body is removed with the Vancouver optical forceps.