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Celina Woman Near Death Grilling Experience
CELINA -- A woman is speaking out after seeing a story only on FOX 45 Wednesday night about a Seattle man who had a bristle from a grill-cleaning brush stuck in his throat.
Bobbie Jo Wright of Celina experienced the same thing two years ago and wanted to tell her story to hopefully save someone's life.
She was attending a community cookout in Newark, Ohio, when she swallowed a 1 ½-inch grill brush bristle that ended up in her hamburger.
"It was itching, I couldn't swallow without it hurting, I was coughing up blood," said Wright.
Bobbie Jo and her husband rushed to the hospital.
"They tried to pull it out through my nose, but I gagged, so they had to do immediate surgery," she explained.
That surgery saved Bobbie Jo's life. Her story is proof that this could happen to anyone this summer.
"They should be looking out for pain in their neck or in their abdomen, problems swallowing saliva," said Dr. David Evans, a surgeon with Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
The Wrights now use foil to help clean their grill and a brush that doesn't have those hard-to-see wire bristles that can hide in your food.
"Just be very careful, check your grill before you put your hamburgers on there, or your hotdogs, anything, because it can get stuck in any of it," said Wright. "When we go to cookouts or parties, I watch what I eat, check my food real good."
Other grilling tips include checking your wire or metal cleaning brush for loose bristles. Also check your grates after you clean it for loose material and if wear and tear is severe, just replace your brush all together.
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