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Doctors remove 22 needles from toddler's body
Doctor Roque Aras said Tuesday that the remaining needles are small and don't pose a significant threat. Aras isn't ruling out future operations, however.
The 2-year-old boy had his third surgery in 10 days on Monday to extract four needles from his neck. Doctors removed 14 more from his intestines, liver and bladder last week, and four from near his heart and lungs earlier.
Police accuse the boy's stepfather, Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, and his lover of attempted murder, though prosecutors have not yet filed charges.
Magalhaes recently said in an interview with Globo TV that he tried to kill the child as revenge against his wife, with whom he fought a lot.
Magalhaes said he drugged the boy with wine and had his lover, Angelina Ribeiro dos Santos, hold the child down while he pushed needles into the body. He said the boy was too drunk to cry while the needles were inserted, but felt pain after the alcohol wore off.
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.
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