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A woman spent almost 40 years with a tiddlywink up her nose, only discovering it after she recently had a coronavirus test.
Mary McCarthy, from Christchurch in New Zealand, spent 37-years living with pain on the right side of her nose and difficulties with breathing.
However things became even worse after she had a nasal swab during a Covid-19 test last year.
McCarthy, 45, began to experience serious sinus problems that left her with a 'constantly leaking' nose and 'a lot of pain', Stuff reports.
Despite visiting several doctors no one was able to get to the bottom of McCarthy's problems but after finishing a shift as a kitchen worker at Christchurch Hospital she decided to go to the emergency department to see if she could finally get some answers.
It was here she was asked if she'd ever put anything up her nose, and McCarthy remembered shoving a tiddlywink up there when she was just eight years old.
She told Stuff: "Luckily the nurse and doctor believed it was more than sinus pain.
"They asked me if I had ever put anything up my nose and I told them about the tiddlywink, sort of laughing it off."
A CT scan showed an object in her upper nose, but when medics attempted to remove it while she was awake it was too big and painful to pull out so they decided to operate.
During the operation, the tiddlywink was pushed through her nose and extracted through her mouth.
McCarthy added: "When I woke I said, 'what was it?'.
"And they said it was the laugh of the hospital - a tiddlywink and it hadn't even lost its colour.
"There was calcification around it and that was probably why my nose had grown a bit crooked."
Recalling how she ended up with the object up her hooter, McCarthy said she had been playing tiddlywinks with her brothers and had started to stick one up each nostril before 'blowing them out to see how they would go'.
She added: "One time I accidentally inhaled one instead of blowing it out, and I was a bit too scared to tell my mother, so I didn't.
"I remember being terrified at the time, thinking 'where it has gone'.
"I always had difficulties breathing through my nose over the years but never gave it much thought."
However, the doctor reckons McCarthy's coronavirus test had dislodged the small plastic disc and caused an infection.
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