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
Ron Sveden is recuperating at home.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – 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.

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Aug 12, 2010 9:31 AM CDT
But i thought peas were good for you.
Aug 11, 2010 6:21 PM CDT
my mom was right! She always told me pregnant women just swallowed a watermelon seed!
Aug 11, 2010 5:55 PM CDT
A pea plant? And to think I always worried about swallowing an orange seed because of the possible tree that would grow in my stomach.