A New Zealand woman has received the shock of her life after doctors found a tiddlywink stuck up her nose. It has believed to have been there for 37 years.
For most of her life, Mary McCarthy has often had a pain on the right side of her nose. Then last year after an extremely painful Covid-19 test, her nasal problems deteriorated.
Tiddlywinks is a child’s game, which was developed in England in the 1860s. It is played with sets of small discs called “winks”. Players use a “squidger” to shoot a wink into flight and into a pot for points.
McCarthy said she remembered playing tiddlywinks with her seven brothers and sisters and as an 8-year-old. She also remembers putting the ‘winks’ up each nostril and “blowing them out to see how they would go”.
“One time I accidentally inhaled one instead of blowing it out, and I was a bit too scared to tell my mother, so I didn’t. I remember being terrified at the time, thinking ‘where it has gone’.”
McCarthy is now looking forward to easier breathing and a straighter nose.