A FIVE-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after his penis became stuck and was being strangled by the netting in his swimming shorts.
Laura Collins, 33, and her son Jack were on holiday in Lanzarote, Mexico when his penis became ensnared in the netting of his swimming shorts.
“After spending hours in the pool, I went to take his swim shorts off to shower,” Ms Collins posted to Facebook.
“The netting in the shorts had got caught around the end of his willy and was literally strangling it. He was screaming a scream I hadn’t heard before.”
Hotel staff rushed them to a doctor, who then rushed them to hospital.
Jack was given a local anaesthetic while emergency workers removed his penis from the netting.
“The netting had became caught around the end of his willy and it was strangulating it,” said Collins.
“There were two little bubbles either side, like skin, like it was going to burst.
“Thankfully, he managed to wee so no lasting damage,” Ms Collins posted.
Ms Collins was informed by hospital workers that they had seen it “numerous times” and warned parents to remove the netting before letting their children wear the shorts.
“They said he was very lucky, and just a few weeks before they’d had a similar incident with another little boy.”
Doctors were reportedly worried about permanent damage to Jack’s urinary tract
She told the Daily Mirror that Jack was “very upset about it afterwards” but bounced back.
“He talks about how he nearly lost his willy on holidays and goes on about the naughty netting,” she said.
“I never imagined something like this could happen but I want all parents to make sure they remove the netting from swimming shorts.”
The Mirror reported that Ms Collins had contacted Tesco, the company where she had purchased the shorts.
Since the incident, Tesco has apologised to the family.
A Tesco spokesperson said, “We were extremely sorry to hear of the experience Mrs Collins’ son had.
“Whilst we will be conducting an investigation with the manufacturer we would like to assure our customers that all our swim shorts meet the industry standards required for the mesh lining.
“Our customer service team has spoken to Mrs Collins and will update her on the outcome of the investigation.”
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