Thanks To This 7-Month-Old Baby I Now Have Pteronophobia

This is one of those situations where I feel the need to share something with you lovely readers because it is too awful to just keep to myself, and by talking about it I will not only feel better, but I will also get to totally freak you out so I won’t be all alone rocking back in forth in the corner. It should be noted that I get creeped out by many things, I can barely watch any of the garbage hoarding shows or the ones where a person cleans their cat’s litter box and ends up with some giant parasites residing in their brain. This is my spoiler alert, if you get easily freaked out by weird, creepy stuff then stop reading now.

From the Daily Mail, everyone’s favorite source for truly scary news:

A seven-month-old girl was taken to hospital Saturday by concerned parents after an area just below her jaw swelled up to the size of one and a half golf balls with a pimple on top.

After initially diagnosing an infection, doctors were shocked when they discovered a two-inch-long black feather had got lodged underneath Mya Whittington’s skin.

Aaron and Emma Whittington first took their nearly seven-month-old daughter to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Kansas on Saturday after the area below her jaw swelled up.

OK, so no biggie, the concerned parents were worried but the doctors treated the baby with antibiotics and scraped off a scab that had formed. But then later, things got really creepy:

When Mya’s pediatrician visited later that evening, however, she asked what it was. She then put on a pair of gloves and plucked a two-inch-long black feather from the swollen area of the child’s neck.

They suspect, Whittington said, that the baby swallowed or inhaled the feather, which apparently pierced the inside of her cheek or throat and then, over time, her body forced it out the other way.

Argh! Horror movie time! Black Swan time! I always cuddle my kids in my bed which not only has down pillows on it, but also a down duvet! Mya is such an adorable little baby and now to freak you out even further, this is a photograph of what her face looked like.

That poor baby! Those poor parents! What a terrible thing to go through, and if the hard knot that has formed doesn’t go down on its own, May will have to have surgery to remove it. Having kids is scary enough with worrying about so many things, and now we get to add feathers to our ever-growing list of fears. I know a lot of parents have just weird things happen to their kids that result in midnight trips to the emergency room, but I have been lucky that my own children haven’t had any freak childhood accidents, not even a broken bone here. I’m going to be super paranoid about the pillows they sleep with even though I’m sure this usually only happens with little babies. I never even knew that I had a phobia of feathers, also known as  pteronophobia, until now. Forget bicycle safety and hiding the cleaning products out of reach, I’m totally going to childproof all of my pillows.

(photo: Facebook) (photo: Galushko Sergey /shutterstock)

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    • Nikki

      Not to add to your paranoia, but when I was in pre-kindergarten I woke up with a piercing earache one morning. My mom, who is a nurse, had an ear scope in the house because who doesn’t? and she peeked inside my ear and found a feather from the pillow I slept on lodged up against my eardrum. She was afraid of piercing my eardrum so we went to the hospital to have it removed and we immediately threw out every feather pillow in the house. It’s probably one of my earliest memories because of how traumatic the whole experience was. Cotton pillows only for me!

    • Jessie

      This is precisely why I use down alternative and not REAL feather and down pillows. I don’t like the fact that the quills of the feathers can poke through the fabric and get out of the pillows and cause things like this, or like what Nikki there had, to happen.