RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian toddler was in stable condition Saturday after doctors removed four life-threatening sewing needles from around his lung and heart but was likely to face more surgery on Monday, an official said.
The boy — who police say had dozens of the needles stuck deep into his body by his stepfather in a bizarre ritual — was in intensive care following surgery but was doing well, said Suzy Moreno, a spokeswoman for Hospital Ana Nery in the northeastern city of Salvador.
"Doctors are confident he'll be strong enough to have another surgery on Monday to remove more needles," she said.
Police say 30-year-old bricklayer Roberto Carlos Magalhaes confessed to pushing the metal sewing needles into the 2-year-old child because his lover told him to while in trances. The rituals, performed over a month, were supposedly aimed at keeping the couple together.
What a sick story and a sick world we live in.