o The Frog Blog: Tree Found in Russian Man's Lung

Monday, 20 April 2009

Tree Found in Russian Man's Lung

It was reported last week that an otherwise healthy 28 year old Russian man was found to have a small fir tree growing in his lung tissue. He had originally been diagnosed with lung cancer after coughing up blood and suffering severe chest pains. X-rays confirmed a growth in his lung and the decision was made to proceed with surgery. However, when the doctor made his initial incision, he found a small tree growing in the moist and warm conditions of the lung. It is unlikely, however, that Artyom Sidorkin, our man in question, actually swallowed a seed. While the seed could have germinated it would have needed light to grow to the stage it was found in (almost 5cm long). Mr. Sidorkin studies plants for a living and probably inhaled a piece of a branch during his work. On the bright side, Mr. Sidorkin is no longer considered to have lung cancer!

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