Pea Shoot Found Growing in Mass. Man: Lung Horticulture, Explained
That was the case with Roy Sveden of Brewster, Mass., who was shocked and relieved when he learned that what he thought was a cancerous tumor in his lung was actually a half-inch long pea sprout. He joins Artyom Sidorkin, a Russian man who was found to have a five centimeter long pine tree growing in his lung, in the annals of truly weird medicine.
But wait -- how exactly does this sort of thing work?
According to Michael Vincent, a legume expert from Miami University of Ohio, the warm, moist environment likely triggered the seed to germinate. But it was in for a rough time from the start.
"There would be enough energy in the pea seed itself that it could survive for little while, I think, but it couldn't survive for very long without sunlight," he told AOL News.
Doctors suspect that Sveden had been eating peas when one went down the wrong pipe and ended up in his lung, though as a cooked vegetable would never have sprouted, it would seem that there must have been a raw specimen on his plate. Perhaps the incident will lead to a new old wives tale about the importance of thoroughly cooking your peas and then eating them slowly, or at least adhering to one of the above in a given meal.
Brewster cheerfully ate peas at the hospital after the surgery.