Squeaking Child Puzzles Doctors and Parents
7-year-old Hector woke up one morning, just like every other morning, except this time, he squeaked.
His mom recalled the incident at the store when she first discovered the phenomenon, “[I asked], ‘Did you squeak?’ And [Hector] responded, ‘Yes, I squeaked.’ And right there, a man at the store said, ‘The boy squeaked.’”
The parents were puzzled and took him to multiple doctors whose X-rays and findings were inconclusive. Some even suggested that the squeaking was psychological.
Luckily, the parents didn’t give up. They went to Montefiore hospital. After staff members saw a recording of Hector’s continuous squeak, they decided to insert a camera to check out his respiratory system.
At that point, they discovered the source of the squeak: a whistle from a rubber duck toy that was embedded in his respiratory system. Apparently, during an afternoon at the neighborhood pool, Hector unknowingly swallowed a part of the toy.
Doctors were able to remove the whistle without any issues. Hector is now squeak-less and recovering at home.