Worms and Flowers

Fir Tree Surgically Removed from Lung

Posted in News by Lzyjo on April 14, 2009

There are some things that just make you go, how did that happen? Normally it would be a tree precariously growing out of a crack in a cliff, but this is even weirder.

Worldwide news agencies have been reporting a story from Russia about a 28-year old who was misdiagnosed with lung cancer after complaining of chest pains. Doctors were shocked to find fir needles in the biopsy of lung tissue taken from the patient. The doctor said he kept blinking, unable to believe what he was seeing. He called the assistant to confirm the presence of green fir needles.

Doctors operated on the patient, removing a 5cm (almost 2 inch) long fir tree along with some lung tissue.

Needless to say, the patient was greatly relieved to learn that the blood he coughed up was caused by the sharp fir needles piercing the capillaries in his lung.

According to Russian doctors the 5 cm tree was too large to be inhaled. They believe the patient may have inhaled a small bud that grew inside the lung.

On one hand, it seems like this story is a total anomaly, of freakish proportion, but on the other hand, the hand of due diligence, we learn that the Russian patient was not the first person to have a small fir tree removed from a lung.

In 1995, a sixteen-year-old from California had a one inch fir sprig removed from her lung after fourteen years of chronic coughing and breathing problems. The family believes she inhaled a portion on a Christmas tree, which caused a violent chocking fit when she was two.  The article doesn’t say weather or not the sprig was growing, but it remained green after fourteen years inside the lung.

All of this endo-cultivation makes me want to reconsider the old addage about watermelon seeds. Okay, watermelon seeds won’t sprout in the digestive system, but what if they were inhaled?

Video of 1995 CNN Story

Russian News Story

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  1. Darla said, on April 14, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Oh my…….what if?

  2. Jen said, on April 14, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    My kids have a book: “What’s so Terrible About Swallowing and Apple Seed?”
    I always thought it was a total fantasy — until now!

  3. lzyjo said, on April 14, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Luckily the odds are quite unlikely.

  4. lzyjo said, on April 14, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    In kindergarten a friend of mine stuck a pussy willow thing up his nose. He had of have it extricated in the nurses office. I imagine it’s pretty tricky to get something entrapped deep in the lung.

  5. ourfriendben said, on April 14, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Eeeewwww, lzyjo!!! Maybe this was all some kind of bizarre joke. Admittedly, the red cedar seedlings on our property seem enthusiastic about sprouting just about anywhere, but even they have not yet attempted to establish themselves on any of us…

  6. Wicked Gardener said, on April 14, 2009 at 7:12 PM

    How were the needles green with no sunlight?

  7. lzyjo said, on April 15, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    I know, that is the craziest part! I suppose the moisture alone was enough to preserve the color.

  8. lzyjo said, on April 15, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    Evergreen green seeds certainly are rugged, but who would’ve thought they were capable of this.

  9. mothernaturesgarden said, on April 18, 2009 at 3:01 AM

    Bizarre things happen don’t they?

  10. lzyjo said, on April 18, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    Truth IS stranger than fiction! Thanks for stopping by, Donna.

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