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Four Needles Removed From 'Ritual' Boy's Lung

11:13am UK, Saturday December 19, 2009

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Jo Couzens, Sky News Online


Doctors in Brazil have removed four needles from a boy's lung after he was reportedly subjected to a month-long series of bizarre rituals.


The two-year-old boy is said to be in a stable condition after the five-hour operation at a hospital in the northeast city of Salvador.


But a spokeswoman said he will require further surgery to remove dozens more needles measuring up to two inches long still lodged inside his body.


"He's OK, the surgery was a success, he's doing fine," said Susy Moreno.


The boy's stepfather has confessed to inserting the needles after being advised to perform a ritual killing.


Police say 30-year-old bricklayer Roberto Carlos Magalhaes admitted pushing supposedly "blessed" sewing needles into the child's body because his lover told him to while in a trance.


The rituals were performed over a period of one month to try to keep the couple together, Magalhaes reportedly told detectives.


His girlfriend Angelina Ribeiro dos Santos paid a woman who practiced the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble to bless the needles, inspector Helder Fernandes Santana said.


Doctors believe there may be up to 30 needles lodged in the boy's body.


Magalhaes and dos Santos have both been arrested.


They have been taken to an undisclosed location for their own protection after a mob threw stones at the police station where they were being held.


The alleged abuse came to light when the child's mother took him to hospital after he complained he was in pain.


Police and medical staff concluded it would have been impossible for the boy to have ingested the needles, which x-rays revealed were in his abdomen, one leg and his spine.


Afro-Brazilian religions practiced in the South American country have no ceremonies, rituals or practices involving harm to people, said the University of Brasilia's director of African-Brazilian studies, Nelson Inocencio.

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