Boy sickened by Tide Pod goes home from hospital


The Hitterdal, Minn. toddler who spent several days in intensive care after swallowing a packet of concentrated laundry detergent is out of the hospital.

Late last week, 1-year-old Alex Rohde began improving and was breathing on his own.

According to his CaringBridge site, Alex was released from the hospital Thursday.

"After 13 long days, Alex finally gets to go HOME! We are so happy and thankful! A huge Thank You to all who supported us and prayed for Alex!" the site read.

Alex got a hold of a Tide Pod -- a small, brightly-colored packet likely mistaken for a piece of candy -- and swallowed it about two weeks ago.

His mother, Michelle Klienschmidt, gave her son milk as the package directed her to do if swallowed. She then called Poison Control and 911 before the toddler was rushed to Sanford Hospital in Fargo.

"A big Thank you to all the Doctors and Nurses who saved Alex and took such very good care of him," the CaringBridge site said.

To help the family pay for mounting medical bills, donations are being accepted at Gate City Bank locations, the Associated Press.

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