Brazilian Black Magic?
I found this on the Guardian Website.
Doctors airlift boy with 42 needles stuck in him
* AP foreign, Thursday December 17 2009
Associated Press Writer= RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)
A 2-year-old boy with more than 40 sewing needles stuck in him is being airlifted to another hospital in northeastern Brazil because two of the needles are close to his heart, an official said Thursday.
Police officials, meanwhile, told Brazilian media that the boy's former stepfather is in custody and that he confessed to sticking the needles into the boy at the behest of two women, perhaps in a black magic ritual.
Surgeons at a hospital in the town of Barreiras in Bahia state decided not to try to remove any needles after discovering that two were very near the boy's heart, said an official at Hospital do Oeste. She spoke on condition of anonymity as she was not authorized to discuss the case.
She said that doctors had located 42 needles in the boy, eight fewer than they had reported finding Wednesday. The boy was in intensive care but was in stable condition before being airlifted 240-miles (390 kilometers) north, she said.
"He'll be flown by helicopter to a hospital in Salvador that has a special heart unit," the official said. "He has two needles near his heart and our doctors didn't want to take a chance."
The police inspector in charge of the case, Helder Fernandes Santana, told the Agencia Estado news agency that a black magic ritual involving the boy was among the motives police were looking into. "All of our officers are focused on this case, gathering information," he said.
On Wednesday, Dr. Luiz Cesar Soltoski at the Hospital Oeste, who was treating the boy, said surgeons had hoped to remove most of the needles some as long as 2 inches (5 centimeters) but those in the lungs will have to wait until the child's breathing improves.
The boy's mother, a maid, took him to a hospital in the small northeastern city of Ibotirama last Thursday, saying he was complaining of pain. Three days later, after X-rays revealed many of the needles, doctors moved him to a larger hospital in the nearby city of Barreiras.
The mother told police she didn't know how the needles got inside her son, whose name was not released because of his age. Police on Wednesday night detained an ex-stepfather of the boy who confessed, according to Brazil's Globo TV.
The boy's father, Gessivaldo Alves, earlier told the newspaper A Tarde that he believed his son could have been a victim of a black magic ritual. Alves reportedly said he visited the home where the boy was living and found unspecified items that could be used for black magic.
No one answered the telephone at the police station in Ibotirama Thursday morning. The inspector, Santana, did not answer his cell phone Wednesday night to comment on the Globo TV report about the detention and confession of the ex-stepfather.
The doctor said he believed the needles were stuck into the child's body one by one.
"We think it could have only been by penetration because we found needles in the lung, the left leg and in different parts of the thorax. It couldn't have been by ingestion," Soltoski said.
Doctors found no signs of outside wounds on the boy. X-ray images carried by Brazilian Web sites clearly showed some of the needles deep inside his body.
Associated Press Writers Alan Clendenning in Sao Paulo and Marco Sibaja in Brasilia contributed to this report.