A schoolboy claimed a 5p piece was stuck up his nose for 10 years after recently blowing it out.
The 14-year-old, Umair Qamar, reckons he got it stuck up there years ago only for it to be finally dislodged.
He had countless trips to see doctors after complaining of breathing pains, said his mum, but they could never get to the root of the cause.
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The teenager, from Croydon, south London, says he felt something up his nose on June 19.
His mum then told him to blow hard and, to their surprise, a 5p coin emerged – jogging Umair's memory back to when he was in his early years.
He said: “I think I got it stuck up there when I was three or four years old – I can’t really remember.
“When I got over the shock of it all, I felt pure relief – but it definitely took me a while to get over the surprise!”
Umair says he trudged down the stairs holding his nose in pain earlier this week, as it was “hurting a bit more than usual”.
He said: "I thought there was something stuck in there as I could feel something hard in my nose so I went back upstairs and held my left nostril, breathed in and then breathed out of my right one.”
And, with cotton buds in both ears, Umair managed to breathe out so hard that the coin popped out of his nostril.
His mum Afsheen Qamar, 43, described the incident as “completely bizarre”. The nursery manager said: “It happened so randomly – I wasn't expecting it at all! I called him for lunch, but he was holding his nose – so I told him to blow it.
“After 15 minutes he came back down, just stood there and said, ‘well, a 5p coin came out’."
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Afsheen said Umair had complained about breathing problems while playing football over the years.
But the mum-of-two claimed: “I have taken him to the doctors a few times, but it didn’t even cross their minds to check his nose.
“I just cannot believe we never knew – Umair does silly things and doesn’t tell us.”
Professor Claire Hopkins, an ear, nose and throat consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London, said: “Children have a fascination with inserting things into their nostrils – be that their finger, beads, Lego bricks or, on one occasion, a couple of lobster claws.
“5p coins are the perfect size to disappear up the nose and be forgotten; four-year-olds are easily distracted and may fail to mention the money box trick to their parent.”
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