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Mother's warning to parents after doctors misdiagnose choking toddler: 'Trust your instincts'

By Merryn Porter |

We have all heard the phrase 'mother's intuition.' That feeling mothers have ! almost like a 'sixth sense' ! that warns a mother when something is not right with their child.

A US mum is urging parents to 'trust their instincts' after doctors initially dismissed her concerns about her toddler before finding a coin lodged in his airway.

The woman uploaded a video to her TikTok account this week explaining that after she rushed her toddler to hospital, her concerns were originally brushed aside by doctors before an X-ray revealed the cause of his distress.

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Watch the video above.

A US mum has warned parents to trust their instincts after an X-ray she insisted on showed a coin lodged in her son's throat. (TikTok)

Jamie Pineda is a mother-of-six and nail technician who shares videos on her TikTok account brandnewbznails

A video she shared this week about her son Jacob has gone viral, so far racking up more than 2.4 million views. ?

The ?video begins with the toddler sitting in a car seat in the back of a car. She later clarifies it is his older sister's seat, not his own, because he was too uncomfortable to sit in his own or be held.

He is opening and closing his mouth, and gagging, and is clearly distressed, at times crying and also arching his back.

A clearly distressed Jacob on the way to hospital. (TikTok)

Across the screen is written, "Scariest day of my life. I knew something was wrong but ER doctors only wanted to run a COVID and Strep test. I pushed for an X-ray. Trust your instincts mamas and daddies!"

The video then changes to a photo of the toddler in a hospital bed with a dummy in his mouth, before X-rays flash onto the screen ! one front-on and one side-on, which clearly show something lodged in his throat.?

In the comments, she explained that he ended up undergoing emergency surgery to remove a penny, as doctors were at the time unsure if it was a coin or a potentially-deadly button battery.?

She uploaded the video with the comment, "Trust your instincts mamas and daddies" and the hashtags #intuition #mamasoftiktok #tiktokmama #trustyourgut #trustyourintuition #momtuition #obstruction and #oesophagus among others?.

The video has so far received 187,000 likes and thousands of comments. Many praised her for raising awareness while others shared their own experiences. ?

An X-ray clearly shows the coin lodged in little Jacob's throat. (TikTok)

"I could tell something was blocking his airway. Never ever take no from a doctor. Always demand. Glad you did that," said one.?

"I knew something was stuck in his throat. You can tell by the way he's trying to bring it back up," said another, to which Pineda replied, "I had no clue. Our house was hit with a stomach bug so that's what I originally thought was going on."

Another wrote, ?"My first thought was he has something in his throat by the way he is moving his neck and trying to swallow."

"As a X-ray tech, I've seen this too many times. And majority of the time it's been incidental. Parents had no clue," wrote another.

"So beyond sick of doctors not trusting people ! especially women and mothers. Great job sticking up for him. It's so hard, but you saved his life!" wrote another.

"My daughter acted just like this when she swallowed a penny. The doctor just thought it was nothing but I pushed for an X-ray also," wrote another. Pineda replied, "It's so common I'm surprised they don't do it more often?"

Another said, "Just threw a fit to get an X-ray because of the way my daughter has been limping ! she has a hip fracture."

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