It’s like something out of a story by Franz Kafka. Russian doctors found a fir tree growing in Artyom Sidorkin’s lung. In 2009, Sidorkin experiences severe chest pains and starts coughing up blood. He thinks he has cancer. The 28-year old visits the doctor and has an X-ray, which, at first, seems to confirm the cancer diagnosis. It’s later determined, however, that the mass isn’t a tumor. When the doctors open up his chest, they find a two-inch fir tree. “I thought I was hallucinating,” said Dr. Kamashev. “I asked my assistant to have a look. Come and see this: we have a fir tree.” Doctors believe Sidorkin somehow inhaled a seed that sprouted in his lung.
9. Leech in Nose
It started with nosebleeds. And it ended with Scottish doctors pulling a three-inch long leech out Daniela Liverani’s nose. Apparently, the 24-year old graduate student from Edinburgh picked up the leech while traveling around South East Asia, most likely while swimming in Vietnam, but she could’ve gotten it from drinking water, also. The leech lived in Liverani’s nose for over a month before she eventually spotted an “object” in her nostril. Why Daniela Liverani didn’t feel a leech “as long as my forefinger and as fat as my thumb” swim up her nose is anyone’s guess. “Two weeks before I came home from Asia, I started having nosebleeds,” Liverani told the Daily Mail. “But I’d fallen off a motorbike so I thought I’d burst a blood vessel.” She believed what she saw was congealed blood from the fall.
8. Spider in Ear
At first, Li Meng thought the scratching noise was an evil spirit. She went to a temple to pray. But the scratching was so loud, and the pain in her ear so severe, Meng made an appointment with a nose and throat specialist. Doctors at Xiamen City Hospital discovered a live spider building a web in Meng’s left ear canal. How did it get in there? The doctors didn’t know for sure, but guessed that the spider probably crawled in her ear when she was on a hike with her boyfriend. Each attempt to get the spider out of Li Meng’s ear failed -the eight-legged creature just burrowed farther into the canal. Eventually, the doctors sedated the spider with syrup and managed to extract it.
6. Maggots Under Skin
5. Feather in Neck
Mya Whittington’s jaw was the size of a golf ball. The doctors thought the 7-month old girl had a swollen gland. One can only imagine the look on their faces when they plucked a two-inch feather from the baby’s neck. Okay, so little Mya Whittington is no relation to Birdman; she’s not going to sprout wings and take flight. Doctors in Kansas think the girl accidentally swallowed the feather, which then pierced the inside of her throat and neck and got lodged there; her body then began forcing the foreign object out. Mya’s father Aaron Whittington summed it up best: “They pulled a feather out of my child. How crazy is that?”
3. Microscopic Worm In Eye
Dark spots. Blurred vision. John Matthews thought he was losing his eyesight. “It’s like looking through a muddy lens,” he told his doctor. At first, Dr. James Folk couldn’t find anything wrong with John’s eye. But then… there it was: a microscopic worm swimming (and feasting) on John’s retina. Little is known about the species of microscopic worm, as there have only been 15 known cases. Apparently, the worm is ingested, it then makes its way through a person’s tissue to their eye, where it survives by feeding on the retina. Dr. Folk was able to kill the worm with a laser. Sadly, John’s sight will never fully recover.
2. Squid Sperm in Cheek
Imagine going out to dinner and having your mouth inseminated by a partially cooked squid. That’s what happened to a 63-year old woman in South Korea. When the woman bit into the semi-boiled squid, she felt a “prickling and foreign body sensation.” Although she quickly spat the squid out, there was pain and discomfort in her oral cavity. Doctors later discovered that the squid’s sperm bags had come out –“twelve, white spindle-shaped, bug like organisms” looking for a female egg were lodged in the mucous membranes of the woman’s tongue and cheek. Sperm stings from raw squid are common in Japan, but unlikely in the West, where all internal organs are removed during preparation.
1. Pea Plant in Lung
The good news: Ron Svedan, age 75, didn’t have cancer. The bad news: the retired teacher from Brewster, Massachusetts had a half-inch pea plant growing in his lung. In 2010, Ron Sveden arrived at Cape Cod Hospital on Memorial Day weekend with severe coughing spells and shortness of breath. X-Rays showed that Ron Sveden’s left lung had collapsed; there was also an ominous looking dark spot. However, the biopsy came back negative for cancer. Doctors eventually found that Sveden had a pea sprouting inside his lung. They concluded he ate a pea that “went down the wrong way,” which then germinated in the dark, moist environment.