Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Blowguns Suck!: Boy Inhales Dart, Takes a Trip to the Emergency Room

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:40
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


An Ohio teenager accidently lodged a dart from a blowgun in his throat, reported Mail Online.

The 15-year-old male found a set of “how-to” instructions on the internet and promptly began making his very own blowgun and darts. Anxious to test his new project, the teenager pressed the makeshift blowgun to his lips and inhaled. The homemade instrument had no safety features and the projectile traveled backwards – coming to rest somewhere in his larynx.

blowgun imageAfter several hours of wheezing, coughing, and gasping for air, (and making no mention as to why this was happening) the perplexed parents took the boy to an emergency room in Columbus, Ohio.

The boy finally fessed up, but only after doctors showed him the X-ray , pointing out the unusual metal rod buried inside him. General anesthesia was administered and a bronchoscopic procedure performed. The obtrusion was removed without complication.

Dr. Kris Jatana – an ear, nose and throat (otolaryngologist) doctor from Nationwide Children’s Hospital – stated this child was one of three who had arrived for the same problem within the last three months. All three of the inhaled darts were removed before they were able to cause any serious damage.

Jatana fears there may be many more similar incidences in the immediate future. He urges parents, doctors and teens themselves to be aware of the inherent dangers from using blowguns while unsupervised.  “We’re obligated to educate the community on this type of hazard,” he said.

If, after heeding the good doctor’s advice, you’re still looking for an awesome blowgun… here:


The post Blowguns Suck!: Boy Inhales Dart, Takes a Trip to the Emergency Room appeared first on


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories


Top Global

Top Alternative



Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.