Pea Plant Grows in Man's Lung

Mass. man survives after half-inch pea sprout removed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2010 4:55 AM CDT
Pea Plant Grows in Man's Lung
Ron Sveden is recuperating at home.   (YouTube)

Massachusetts man Ron Sveden had been coughing for months and was braced for bad news when doctors told him they'd discovered a growth sprouting in his lung. Weeks of tests, however, revealed that it wasn't cancer, but a pea plant that had sprouted after apparently being swallowed the wrong way. Sveden is recuperating after having the half-inch plant removed.

"Whether this would have gone full-term and I’d be working for the jolly green giant, I don’t know," Sveden, 75, told WHDH-TV. He says the experience hasn't put him off peas. "One of the first meals I had in the hospital after the surgery had peas for the vegetable. I laughed to myself and ate them," said Sveden, whose friends and neighbors gave him gifts of pea pods and canned peas when he returned home.
(More lung cancer stories.)

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