London: A 75-year-old woman from Essex - suffering from dementia - had her false teeth stuck in her throat for nine weeks, after doctors failed to see that she had swallowed them.
Nermin Keating, who lives with her daughter and full-time carer Umit Maddock in Braintree, had swallowed the 11-teeth dentures in November.
Maddock, 46, said that Keating was seen by doctors about four times before the teeth were found and removed.
She noticed that her mother's dentures were missing at the time when Keating, who also suffers from Parkinson's disease, had a high temperature.
Each time they visited the hospital, Keating was given antibiotics and told the issue was to do with her lungs or her existing illness, Maddock said.
Maddock said that when she fed her mother she made funny noises and was almost choking.
She decided to take Keating to one of her long standing doctors, Dr Noel Pereira, who looked in her throat and found the teeth there.
Keating was then referred to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, where they were removed with "really long forceps."