Did You Know?!
In the European Union each year, an estimated 50,000 children (14 years or younger) have a choking episode.[Ref:34]
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.