Ron Sveden, a teacher from Massachusetts, suffered from emphysema but in the months leading up to his latest visit to the Cape Cod Hospital he was having serious coughing spells. ABC News reports that he was hospitalized for ten days before the doctors biopsied the mass that he had growing in his left lung. He feared the worse with the possibility of cancer. Instead the news from the lab left him relieved and baffled. He didn’t have cancer, he did however have a pea sprouting in his chest.
“Everything seemed to be going downhill,” said Sveden, of Brewster. “I seemed to be tired a lot more. I didn’t want to do too much. My appetite was diminishing.”
They took X-rays and found a dark spot in his left lung, the biopsies showed a negative result for cancer, but the doctors were not satisfied with this response. They decided to go inside and see for themselves what the mass could be.
“It was pretty grungy, but it looked like a pea,” Spillane said. “I sent it to the pathologist. They said it was a vegetable.”
After the discovery, clearing the “mass”… ahem pea and it’s surrounding fluid that had built up took less than thirty minutes. The lung was restored to it’s normal capacity.
The doctors say he may have inhaled the pea without realization. Sveden couldn’t believe that such a minor object could cause so much pain and suffering.
Sveden has returned to normal health and has a very positive outlook for his future.