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Case Reports
December 1939

UNUSUAL FATAL PERFORATING WOUND OF THE CHEST

Author Affiliations

HEMPSTEAD, N. Y.
From the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Nassau County.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(6):1278-1281. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990110142013

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Abstract

The case to be described is deemed worthy of report because of the fatal outcome of what appeared at the time to be a minor superficial injury.

REPORT OF A CASE  R. M., a boy aged 4 years and 9 months, was riding on a tricycle along the sidewalk near his home when he fell over on his left side into a patch of recently cut weeds (fig. 1). He was observed getting up and a short while later falling again. The father, who was summoned, found the child unconscious and foaming at the mouth. He was immediately placed in the family car and rushed to the South Nassau Communities Hospital, not more than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the scene of the accident. On arrival he was dead. The parents stated that the child had been allowed to go outdoors not more than fifteen minutes before the father was

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