14 Aug 2010

Pea plant found growing inside man's lung

9:05 am on 14 August 2010

A American man who was taken to hospital with a collapsed lung came home with an unusual diagnosis: a pea plant was growing in his lung.

Ron Sveden of Massachusetts had been battling emphysema for months when his condition deteriorated.

The BBC reports he was steeling himself for a cancer diagnosis when X-rays revealed the growth in his lung.

Doctors believe that Mr Sveden ate the pea at some point, but it "went down the wrong way" and sprouted.

He told a TV reporter: "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."

Mr Sveden said the plant was about 1.25cm in size.

He is now back home with his wife Nancy, who joked that God must have a sense of humour.