A girl with a life-threatening nosebleed was cured when doctors put salted pork up her nostrils.
Slices of the meat from a local supermarket were cut into narrow strips and placed inside the four-year-old’s nasal cavities.
Over the next 48 hours, her condition improved and she left hospital with no further bleeding.
Before the unusual treatment, the girl, who has a rare bleeding disorder, had been in intensive care for five days with surgeons unable to stop the blood loss.
Operations and conventional treatment had failed to work, she needed regular transfusions and she was on a ventilator.
Doctors at Detroit Medical Centre feared she might need a highly risky procedure which could have left her blind or caused her body to begin attacking its own cells.
But then a doctor who had served in the military recalled being told to use salt pork on the battlefield to cure a nosebleed and decided to try it.