“It was just a freakish sort of thing, I thought, I wonder if a bristle fell off?" Kopel told the television station.
Her theory was confirmed when doctors pulled the wire from Zach's throat and found a tiny bristle from a brush she had used to clean the barbecue grill before cooking.
"Thin as dental floss, sharp as a tack on both ends, tiny," Kopel told KHOU. "Crazy that something that small could send you to the ER for so long."
Instead of enjoying barbecued chicken, a Houston boy needed a trip to an emergency room to dislodge a piece of a bristle from a metal grill brush.