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Mountlake Terrace teen sickened by BBQ bristle

SEATTLE (AP) - After nearly two weeks of cramping and vomiting, a Mountlake Terrace teenager finally learned what caused his illness: swallowing a bristle from a wire grill brush.

Sixteen-year-old Tristin Beck tells The Seattle Times ( he must have swallowed the bristle when he ate a piece of chicken during a barbecue.

His mom says that as his symptoms worsened, doctors at Seattle Children's hospital ran "about a million tests." Finally, on Sunday night, they performed an exploratory surgery and found the tiny strand of wire stuck inside Beck's small intestine.

Beck is expected to make a full recovery.

Experts say such cases occur more often than people might think. One was in Washington last July, when Tacoma's Adam Wojtanowicz underwent emergency surgery because of a brush bristle.


Information from: The Seattle Times,

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