Girl, 6, examined 12 times by doctors after suffering head pain for a year had wooden bead up her nose (and her father found it)
Father used bike torch and cotton bud to remove the blockage
GPs, dentists and hospital doctors all missed the bead for over 12 monthsSix-year-old suffered rattling breathing, ear infections, an altered voice and a smelly nose because of the obstruction
A six-year-old girl endured a year of painful ear, nose and throat problems – because bungling medics failed to spot a wooden bead that was stuck up her nostril.
Jaina Haq went from being a bubbly and chatty girl to having no confidence after suffering months of pain and broken sleep. The trapped bead caused her voice to change, made her snore 'like a drain', and made a rattling noise when she inhaled deeply.
Yet while hospital doctors, GPs and dentists examined the youngster a total of 12 times, the offending bead was only discovered after her desperate father peered up her nose with a high-powered bicycle torch.
Recovering well: Jaina Haq, pictured with her father Mohammed, was plagued by throat, nose and ear problems when doctors failed to spot a bead that was trapped up her nose.
Mohammed Haq, an interpreter, then performed a DIY removal of the bead using cotton buds.
Today he condemned the medics who missed the obvious obstruction, saying they never once looked up his daughter's nose.
'I took my bicycle torch and shone it up her nose. I could see straight away that there was a pea-sized lump lodged up there. Why couldn’t anyone else see that
'When we got it out I was expecting her to start screaming, but she just said “oh I don’t remember that” and went back to watching her cartoons.
'It was such a relief because it had been ruining her life, and her sadness was breaking our hearts.
'She was like the energizer bunny before it got stuck in her nose, but she lost all that.
'Her breathing was very rattly, she sounded like she was snoring all the time even when she was just watching TV, she found it uncomfortable to eat.
'It is a relief to see her get back to being a normal little girl.'
Jaina’s parents, Mohammed, 35, and Farhana, 29, from Chingford, Essex, first noticed something was wrong in January 2011 when they became aware of a smell coming from their daughter’s nose.
They tried a raft of over-the-counter remedies, but were forced to seek medical help in June 2011 when Jaina began to suffer from ear, nose and throat infections – and was even bullied because of the unpleasant smell.
The little girl went to the dentist four times and made more than a dozen visits to the doctors where she was diagnosed with flu infections, a fever, and a stomach complaint – but no one spotted the bead.
DIY: Mohammed Haq shows how he found and removed the bead from his daughter's nostril using a bike torch and cotton buds
The Haq family tried round after round of antibiotics, while Jaina continued to lose confidence and breathe with a rattling sound.
Her parents began to fear she could be suffering from cancer, until Mr Haq finally spotted the bead by shining his bike torch up his daughter's nose on February 17.
Describing the family's trials, the interpreter said: 'It was horrendous. It ruined my little girl’s life. She would come home from school and say, “daddy, why is God making me sick”
'How are you supposed to answer a question like that
'She was falling ill and having a fever every two weeks, so we were terrified about what was wrong with her.
'When she wasn’t ill she was suffering mental torment not even an adult could cope with.
was being bullied at school – the other children were grouping together
and saying, “don’t be friends with her, she smells”.
The culprit: This bead had been trapped up Jaina's nose for months on end, affecting her breathing and producing an unpleasant smell
'Even adults would make offensive comments about the smell and ask her if her parents forgot to make her brush her teeth.
'She was such a happy, outgoing girl, but this left her sad. She never wanted to play, or have fun.
'All she wanted to do is sit. It was completely heartbreaking for us.
'That’s why we want answers from the doctors. If we can solve the problem at home with a bike torch, why can’t they do it'
The family now believe the bead must have got lodged up Jaina’s nose when she was around four years old, although they are not sure where it came from.
Jaina said: 'I am very happy it is out. People used to tease me at school because my voice was different, but now I am speaking in my normal voice again.'