Doctors say they have found a pea sprouting in the lung of a 75-year-old Massachusetts man.
Doctors 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 he felt his health take a turn for the worse this summer.
By the time Sveden reached the hospital, he had a collapsed left lung and pneumonia. Two biopsies came back negative for lung cancer.
Feeding a scope down Sveden's throat, Dr. Jeff Spillane scraped away at an encrusted mass and discovered a sprout. Spillane says Sveden apparently inhaled a pea that took root in his lung.
Spillane removed it, and Sveden's health has returned.
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