US Man Discovers He Has Pea Plant Growing In His Lung

Aug 12th, 2010 | By healthnews | Category: Health

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Article Date: 12 Aug 2010 – 11:00 PDT

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Ron Sveden, a retired teacher from Brewster, Massachusetts in the US was astonished to discover that what he thought was
a tumor growing in his lung was actually a plant that had sprouted from an inhaled pea.

75-year old Sveden said he was told the pea seed had split and sprouted in his lung. It was about half an inch long (about 1.25
cm), which “is a pretty big thing”, he said according to a news report from NBC.

Sveden had been short of breath for several months with emphysema, one of a group of diseases called chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease or COPD, when he took a turn for the worse a few months ago in May.

He said he was coughing a lot and feeling listless, so his wife Nancy called 911 and he was rushed to hospital where doctors took
X-rays and found that his left lung had collapsed and showing a grainy spot on X-ray.

There followed two more weeks of tests, and Sveden had prepared himself for a diagnosis of lung cancer, but all the tests were
negative for cancer. Then one doctor discovered he had a plant growing in his lung, reported NBC.

The doctors told him he must have eaten a pea that “went down the wrong way”, and the moist and warm conditions in the lung
were just right for it to sprout and grow.

Sveden said he had not felt anything growing in his chest, only that he was coughing a lot.

He underwent surgery to remove the pea, and is now recovering at home.

He said he was very amused when the first meal he had in the hospital after his surgery had peas as the main vegetable. He said
he just laughed to himself as he ate them.

His friends have also seen the funny side, they sent him canned peas and pea seeds when he got home.

His wife said:

“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.”

Sveden said he doesn’t know what might have happened if the pea had gone to full term: he might have ended up working for the
Jolly Green Giant, he joked.

” I think the thing that finally dawned on me is that it wasn’t the cancer,” said Sveden.

Sources: NBC,

Written by: Catharine Paddock, PhD

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It is true, then! when I was told not to eat seeds

posted by David Lembo on 12 Aug 2010 at 11:54 am

When I was growing up, we were warned not to eat the seeds (accidentally) of things like oranges. The claim is that the seeds will sprout and an orange tree will grow right through our heads. What made more painful was the fact that our parents pointed out that our unliked friends will climb up and pick up the best fruits. This alone made us unhappy. Thereby prompting us to carefully suck the juice from the orange and throw out all the seads. I love the humour of the peas you receive, but brother, please CHEW all of those before you swallow!!! Blessed are you brother, and pray all is well with you. God healed you!

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Give Peas A Chance

posted by Peter Z on 12 Aug 2010 at 12:07 pm

It’s actually a potentially very dangerous situation for a person with breathing difficulties. Any foreign matter in the lungs can begin to decay and cause a virulent form of pneumonia if it spreads to the surrounding lung tissue. It’s called aspirational pneumonia, if memory serves, and it can be fatal. The fact of it sprouting inside his body is a little odd but it’s more of a mystery as to why he inhaled an uncooked vital seed than why it sprouted there. It seems like an ideal sprouting environment. Maybe there is even a medical application for this concept- doctors have introduced weirder things (such as leeches)into the human body. I wonder what, if any, effect a batch of sprouting seeds might have on a non healing wound or an uncontrolled infection- maybe some enzyme released or absorbed by the sprouting peas could have a therapeutic effect.

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posted by Ramona Carey on 12 Aug 2010 at 12:52 pm

Wow….I guess you really don’t need the sun to grow plants! This could be a scientific marvel that we can grow plants without sun light. I thought I remember a young girl who had trouble breathing most of her young life until 13 when they discovered a piece of Pine Tree lodged in her lung as well…It was still green when they removed it and said it was there for years. How can we house such things and keep them alive…I’m no scientest but really, can we use this knowlege to our benefit?

Well, pea careful Ron….gotta split :)
Glad you are ok

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