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Taiwanese Girl Critical After Eel Jumps Into Mouth News Service
September 3, 2006 21:57 EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Doctors at a Taipei hospital were fighting to save a girl's life after an eel jumped into her mouth and ruptured her oesophagus, media reports said Sunday.

A three-year-old girl was attacked by the eel a month ago and has been kept at the intensive care unit at the Mackay Memorial Hospital ever since, the Apple Daily reported.

According to the daily, the girl's father caught some eels from the sea in August and took them home to prepare for a meal.

As he was killing the eels, his daughter was standing by when one of the eels wriggled from her father's hands and flipped into her mouth.

Her father pulled the eel out of her mouth, but the eel's head had already entered and ruptured the girl's oesophagus.

The girl was rushed to the hospital, but the wound and infection kept worsening, forcing doctors to perform a surgery on her neck and another on her chest. They also had to open a hole in her stomach so that she could be fed through a tube.

The girl remains in the intensive care unit of the Mackay Memorial Hospital, listed as in critical condition, the paper said.