Croydon boy removes 5p coin stuck in his nostril for up to a decade

What a change! Schoolboy, 14, sneezes out 5p coin that he claimed was stuck in his nose for 10 YEARS after it got lodged in there when he was four

  • Umar Qamar, 14, from Croydon, believes he stuck a coin up his nose aged four
  • He regularly complained of having a sore nostril for the following decade 
  • Last weekend he dislodged he coin and was able to blow it clear of his nose 
  • A schoolboy blew a 5p coin out of his nose – which he claims was stuck up there for a decade.

    Umair Qamar, now 14, says he vaguely remembers shoving the silver piece up a nostril a decade ago.

    But his mother said, despite countless sore noses and trips to the doctor, the coin was never found – until last week.

    The teenager, from Croydon, south London, says he felt something up his nose last Sunday.

    Umair Qamar, 14, from Croydon, south London believes he stuck the 5p coin up his nose a decade ago

    Umair Qamar, 14, from Croydon, south London believes he stuck the 5p coin up his nose a decade ago

    They youngster, pictured here aged between three and four, said he remembered pushing a coin up his nostril

    They youngster, pictured here aged between three and four, said he remembered pushing a coin up his nostril 

    Last weekend he was complaining about a pain in his nose which was far worse than normal

    Last weekend he was complaining about a pain in his nose which was far worse than normal

    His mother then told him to blow hard and, to their surprise, a 5p coin emerged – jogging Umair’s memory back to when he was in his early years.

    He said: ‘I think I got it stuck up there when I was three or four years old – I can’t really remember.

    ‘When I got over the shock of it all, I felt pure relief – but it definitely took me a while to get over the surprise!’

    Umair says he trudged down the stairs holding his nose in pain earlier this week, as it was ‘hurting a bit more than usual’.

    He said: ‘I thought there was something stuck in there as I could feel something hard in my nose so I went back upstairs and held my left nostril, breathed in and then breathed out of my right one.’

    And, with cotton buds in both ears, Umair managed to breathe out so hard that the coin popped out of his nostril.

    His mother Afsheen Qamar, 43, described the incident as ‘completely bizarre’.

    He was able to dislodge the coin by blowing hard, releasing it after around a decade

    He was able to dislodge the coin by blowing hard, releasing it after around a decade

    His mother Afsheen Qamar, 43, pictured, told her son to blow hard when the coin appeared

    His mother Afsheen Qamar, 43, pictured, told her son to blow hard when the coin appeared

    Ms Qamar said Umair had complained about breathing problems while playing football over the years

    Ms Qamar said Umair had complained about breathing problems while playing football over the years

    The nursery manager said: ‘It happened so randomly – I wasn’t expecting it at all! I called him for lunch but he was holding his nose – so I told him to blow it.

    ‘After 15 minutes he came back down, just stood there and said, ‘well, a 5p coin came out’.

    ‘We all stopped eating. I remember asking him, ‘are you serious?’. He’s a very laidback and quite serious child, so I’m sure you can imagine my shock’.

    Ms Qamar said Umair had complained about breathing problems while playing football over the years.

    But the mum-of-two claimed: ‘I have taken him to the doctors a few times but it didn’t even cross their minds to check his nose.

    ‘I just cannot believe we never knew – Umair does silly things and doesn’t tell us.’

    Professor Claire Hopkins is an ear, nose and throat consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital in London.

    She said: ‘Children have a fascination with inserting things into their nostrils – be that their finger, beads, lego bricks or, on one occasion, a couple of lobster claws.

    ‘5p coins are the perfect size to disappear up the nose and be forgotten; 4-year-olds are easily distracted and may fail to mention the money box trick to their parent.’

    And she added: ‘Large foreign bodies can block the nose or cause sinus issues while small foreign bodies, such as a small coin, may remain in the nasal cavity for many years before they present, often with unilateral crusting or discharge.’

    A Russian man hit the headlines in 2020 after he had a coin removed from his nose – which had reportedly been stuck for more than 50 years.