Unexpected Killer: The deadly danger of button batteries

Unexpected Killer: The deadly danger of button batteries

(WTOL/WWBT) - A nickel-sized "button" battery caused the death of a 2-year-old when it burned a hole through her esophagus and then into a major artery. It's an issue more common than many realize.

Two-year-old Brianna Florer and her Oklahoma family aren't the only ones who have felt the dangers of button batteries first-hand. In 2001, 3,272 button battery ingestions were reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers and 284 children were injured.

"Never in my mind would have imagined something like this could happen from one of those batteries or they wouldn't have been there, I assure you,"
Brianna's grandfather, Kent Vice, told WTOL-TV. ?

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