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Girl Swallows Quarter Attempting Criss Angel Trick

| by Alex Scarr
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A 10-year-old girl tried to reenact a magic trick by famous magician Criss Angel, but ended up swallowing a quarter instead.

Morgan Renear of Rancho Cucamonga, California filmed herself attempting to mimic the trick by Angel, in which he swallows a quarter and makes it reappear in his arm, according to KTLA. Renear accidentally swallowed the coin, prompting a terrified reaction.

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"I'm going to die," Morgan can be heard saying in her recorded video as he gasps for air and attempts to regurgitate the coin. Morgan was taken to a local hospital, where doctors located the coin via X-ray.

Doctors said she was lucky the coin did not block her windpipe, and they expected the coin to travel through the intestines and pass within a few days.

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"One of the main things we look for is to make sure that it's not blocking the upper part of the windpipes or the lower part of the esophagus," said the clinic doctor that examined Morgan.

"It was probably like the fifth time I've done it but the first time anything has ever gone wrong," Morgan told KTLA. "I've never done anything serious like that."

"I was like, 'I'm going to die,'" she says. "I was freaking out. What do I do?"

"I'm going to not watch magic videos and then do them, I'm just going to watch them," said Morgan.

KTBS reported in an undated story that a 10-month-old child from Sabine County, Texas, died after swallowing a penny. It was reported that the child had other unrelated health problems, such as asthma and a previous bout with pneumonia. When doctors examined the child, they found the obstruction in his airway but were unable to save him.

"We don't want to alarm parents," said Dr. Sara O'Hara, a Duke University radiologist to the Chicago Tribune in 1998. "Most coins a child swallows will pass through without causing any harm, but we wanted pediatricians and emergency room physicians to be aware of this problem." O'Hara was referring to the amount of copper and zinc contained in pennies, which can cause severe stomach problems.

A New York Times story from 1984 found that nearly 8,000 people were also injured from toothpicks, including injuries from swallowing the little wooden stick or punctures in either the eye or the ear. 

''Toothpicks are just one small part of the injury problem in the country,'' wrote CDC researcher Lawrence D. Budnick in his report. ''But over all, injuries are the leading cause of death in persons 1 to 24 years old." His report also found three men who died as a result of swallowing toothpicks, two whose bowels were punctured and a third who suffocated.

Sources: KTLA, KTBS, Chicago Tribune, New York Times / Photo credit: Wikipedia