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

(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.

Ron Sveden is recuperating at home.   (YouTube)
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God has such a sense of humor. It could have been just nothing, but it had to be a pea, and it had to be sprouting. - Nancy Sveden, Ron’s wife

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