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Docs find pea plant growing in man's lungs

August 11, 2010 12:24:02 AM PDT
Doctors in Boston have made an unbelievable discovery inside a man's lung - they found a pea plant growing inside his lung.Ron Sveden said he had been sick for months, and on Memorial Day, he was rushed to the hospital after his health took a turn for the worse. He said he expected doctors to diagnose him with cancer or a tumor, but not a plant growing in his lung.

"Whether this would have gone full-term and I'd be working for the jolly green giant, I don't know. But I think the thing that finally dawned on me is that it wasn't the cancer," he said.

Sveden said he never felt anything growing in his chest, just a lot of coughing.

Doctors removed the plant. They suspect he had eaten a pea at some point in the last couple of months, and it went down the wrong way.