Md. boy stabbed by stingray barb in N.C., survives infection

August 15, 2010

A 10-year-old Maryland boy survived being stabbed in the abdomen by a stingray barb in North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Candace Tokar of Thurmont says her family was watching a fisherman remove a ray's barbed stinger earlier this month when the barb snapped off and flew through the air and stabbed her son, Quentin. The barb that hit Quentin's liver was removed the next day, and he spent four days at a hospital before returning home.

But he was later admitted to Frederick Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins Children's Center after an infection from bacteria on the sea creature's body spread.

The Tokars are keeping the 4-inch stingray barb in a medical jar, but they plan to encase it in something permanent.

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