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Friday 19 September 2014

Pea plant growing in US man's lung

Ron Sveden had a sprouting pea lodged in his lung (AP/Cape Cod Times)

Doctors say they have found a pea sprouting in the lung of a 75-year-old man from Boston.

Experts feared the worst when they studied Ron Sveden's X-rays and spotted a small dark spot.

The former teacher had worked for years smoking fish, and had already had emphysema before his health took a turn for the worse this summer.

By the time Mr Sveden reached the hospital, he had a collapsed left lung and pneumonia. Two biopsies came back negative for lung cancer.

Examining Mr Sveden's throat, Dr Jeff Spillane scraped away at an encrusted mass and discovered a sprout.

The doctor says Mr Sveden must have inhaled a pea that took root in his lung.

The pea was removed, and Mr Sveden has returned to health.

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