Toddler recovering at home 4 months after swallowing battery

EDMONTON — An Alberta toddler who made headlines earlier this year after she was hospitalized after swallowing a button battery is home and recovering.

Amélie Adolphe 18-months-old in May when she was rushed to hospital in Edmonton from her home in Red Deer after swallowing the battery. Her family realized something was wrong after she started bleeding.

“The chances of her surviving were so grim because so much damage had been caused. It had ruptured her esophagus, trachea, aorta and carotid left artery, and then she flat lined twice,” said Leslie Bangamba, Amelie’s mother, back in May.

X-Ray of battery in Red Deer toddler

“The electrical current has gone out of that, is going continuously out of that battery and bores a hole into their esophagus and beyond,” said pediatrician Dr. Patrick Pierse after Adolphe was hospitalized.

She underwent multiple surgeries, and doctors were able to save her life.

She is now in brain and injury rehabilitation programs, and making progress every day.

Nearly $30,000 has been raised for her family through a GoFundMe page to help her family through the months of treatment.

The family plans to use some of the money to raise awareness about the danger of button batteries.

Alberta Health Services says they have seen several cases where batteries have caused serious injury or death.  

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