A 5-year-old southern California girl avoided a scary situation when she got a safety pin removed from her nose that had been there for six months.
Khloe Russell began showing symptoms shortly after the incident, leaving her mother confused.
"About six months ago, her nose just started [running] out of this one side. Green, green, green constantly and it stunk," Katelyn Powell told ABC 7. She said her daughter never complained of pain, but was brought to three different doctors to determine the cause.
All three doctors told the girl that she had a sinus infection, and subsequently prescribed antibiotics. "We went home, did 10 days of medication, didn't work," Powell said. "We took her even to the dentist because we thought it was her teeth -- nothing."
Finally, the mystery was solved when Powell's brother told Khloe to blow her nose.
"My brother was like, 'Your nose, it's disgusting. Blow your nose, blow your nose.' And she blows it and out comes the safety pin," Powell said. The pin was black and disintegrating, measuring 1.5 inches long.
"It was a huge object. It was bigger than her nose," Powell said. "We were horrified. I was like, 'Did you put this up there?' She did, but she forgot to tell me."
Khloe admitted that she was building a castle with safety pins when one ended up in her nose. Her mother said she doesn't blame the doctors, and is just happy that the pin is out.
"Relief, beyond relief," she said.
The incident comes after a similar situation in India in which a baby swallowed a safety pin and had to have it surgically removed. The pin was stuck in the baby's food pipe.