Doctors have removed 14 needles from the body of a two-year-old Brazilian boy whose stepfather inserted the needles in an attempt to spite his wife, medics said.
Doctors successfully operated on the toddler in the north-eastern city of Salvador to remove the needles from his intestines, liver and bladder.
He had already had surgery to remove four rusty needles from near his heart and from his lungs last week.
Susy Moreno, a spokeswoman for the Ana Nery Hospital, said the boy was doing well and would be treated in an intensive care unit.
The boy’s stepfather, Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, recently said in an interview with Globo TV that he intended to spite his wife by killing the child.
Police have formally accused him of attempted murder.
Magalhaes’ lover, Angelina Ribeiro dos Santos, 47, has also been charged.
Magalhaes said he drugged the boy with wine and had dos Santos hold the child down while he pushed needles into his body. He said the boy was too drunk to cry while the needles were inserted, but felt pain after the alcohol wore off.
Police said the person suspected of preparing the wine mixture was being investigated as an accomplice.
Magalhaes said he thought the needles would work their way through the boy’s body and kill him without anyone discovering. But the pain eventually led the boy to complain to his mother and X-rays revealed needles throughout his body.
Doctors said another operation was scheduled for next week to remove needles lodged in the boy’s back, near his spine.
:: Police in the northern state of Maranhao detained a man for allegedly inserting seven needles in the body of his two-year-old son in August. Two of the needles have already been removed.