ATLANTA — A Georgia mother is issuing an urgent warning to parents about the dangers of batteries after her 1-year-old swallowed them.
Angelica Hill’s daughter, Salima Sulemana, is currently in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta after she swallowed two button batteries on Nov. 23. The batteries released acid, causing significant damage to Salmina’s esophagus.
Button batteries are small and can be found in watches, toys and greeting cards.
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“Can you all look around your house for button batteries in items and secure them right away!” Hill wrote in a series of updates on Facebook. “Don’t wait until tomorrow. Don’t throw away old batteries in the trash like I did.”
Hill wrote that moisture can activate the battery if it is swallowed, releasing battery acid which can eat away at tissues and arteries. Hill wrote that doctors are worried the acid could seep into her aorta.
“Their biggest concern is that the acid/ inflammation could reach her Aorta which would be catastrophic and she would begin to bleed out,” Hill wrote. “With each passing hour that her vitals are stable and she’s showing no signs of internal bleeding, I praise God.”
By Friday, friend of the family Christian Durham said Salima is awake and playing with toys, but is still at risk for aortic damage.
The family has set up an online donation portal to help with medical expenses HERE.
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