Doctors at the Coast General Hospital on Friday successfully removed a toothbrush which was accidentally swallowed by a middle-aged man from Kilifi county.
Endoscopy refers to the removal of ingested objects from the esophagus, stomach and duodenum by endoscopic techniques. It does not involve surgery.
They opted for endoscopic technology since the toothbrush was rigid and could not pass fixed parts of the duodenum.
The patient was earlier advised by his doctors to avoid eating solid food but instead drink fluids to avoid pushing the toothbrush further.
Doctors declared Charo stable condition and will be discharged after recovery.
The patient, in an interview with journalists, expressed sign of relief saying is ready to be go home after successful operation.
The incident occurred in Paziani village, Ganze in Kilifi county.
Charo, a father of two, said he tried to pull out the toothbrush before it slid down into his throat with no success.
Doctor Abi Mwachi at Coast general hospital said the cases are normal.
He said 40 cases of swallowed toothbrushes have been reported worldwide. The youngest patient being a 18 year old girl.
“Most of the patients are described are usually perfectly normal. People should to stop casting aspersion,” said Mwachi
The incident sparked fears that someone cast an evil spell upon Charo.