A four-year-old boy who was suffering from cough, was cured by doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Well, what's new in the statement?
The picture and video of this little boy was doing rounds on the internet because it wasn't a normal cough, rather a strange, whistling cough. The doctors at AIIMS removed the whistle toy from his throat.
As published on the website of New England Journal of Medicine, "the patient was brought with a 2-day history of persistent cough that had an intermittent whistling character (see video). The patient had no history or symptoms of viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, and he otherwise felt well."
When doctors took an X-ray of his chest, they found his left lung to be has some object blocking the air passage. His parents reported that the kid had been playing with a whistle before the cough began.
That's when doctors decided to perform bronchoscopy which is a procedure that involves inserting a thin tube down through the throat and into the lungs.
"If it had been another foreign object lodged in his lungs, it would have caused noisy breathing or wheezing, but not a whistling sound," said report co-author, Dr Pirabu Sakthivel, a senior resident of head and neck surgery and oncology at AIIMS, to Live Science.
One seven-second clip of the patient's whistling cough was also shared. Watch the video here!