There are some bizarre things found inside people that will blow your mind. We’re not talking about diseases or viruses. We’re talking about larger, more invasive, and more destructive things. For the most part, we do a good job of keeping things outside our bodies that don’t belong there. But sometimes, whether by mistake or some other misfortune, these crazy objects find their way into our bodies. Check out these 25 Disturbingly Bizarre Things Found Inside People.
Pea Plant in Lung
Ron Sveden originally thought he had cancer after a consistent battle with emphysema. But after being rushed to the hospital due to a collapsed lung, doctors discovered a half an inch (1.25cm) pea plant growing in his lung. They believe that Mr. Sveden ate the pea, but it somehow “went down the wrong way” and sprouted. “One of the first meals I had in the hospital after the surgery had peas for the vegetable. I laughed to myself and ate them,” said Mr. Sveden to a local Boston TV reporter.
Fir Tree in Lung
If you thought the half inch pea plant was something, just wait because Artyom Sidorkin might have out done him slightly. Mr. Sidorkin went into the hospital with extreme chest pains and was coughing blood. Doctors were 100% sure he had cancer. However, during surgery, doctors found a 2-inch fir tree growing in his lung! Reports say that doctors thought they were hallucinating and could hardly believe what they were seeing. The medical staff believe that Sidorkin inhaled a seed which made its way into his lung and sprouted the tree.
Belt in Chest
What doctors in India originally thought was a classic case or tuberculosis, turned out to be something completely bizarre. Anuj Ranjan had been diagnosed with a fistula which doctors believed was created due to an infection in his chest cavity. However, when they went to do surgery on his chest, they discovered an 8-foot long belt. Apparently, the belt entered his body when he suffered a bad car accident years before; the doctors that had treated him then somehow missed the belt.
Sea Snail in Knee
When 4-year-old Paul Franklin fell at the beach and scraped his knee, no one thought much of it. However, two weeks later, the knee became infected. Doctors originally thought it was a staph infection and treated Paul with antibiotics. However, the treatment failed to completely clear up the infection, so his mother took matters into her own hands and pinched the wound. To their surprise, out came a small black rock. Except, it wasn’t a rock but a small sea snail. The boy kept the snail and named it “Turbo.”
Fish in Lung
While playing in a river in India, a boy accidentally inhaled a nine-centimeter fish which ended up in his lung. When the doctors performed a bronchoscopy, the fish was still alive.
Dandelion in Ear
In China, a full grown dandelion was found by doctors in the ear of an 18-month old girl. It had grown to 2 centimeters and completely filled the canal wall.
Worm in Eye
John Matthew from Cedar Rapids, Iowa was going blind. When he went to see the doctors, they discovered he had a raccoon worm in his eye which was eating the retina. As the doctors tried to kill it with a laser, Matthew’s said he could see the worm wiggling away from it, trying to survive. Luckily, he caught it in time. If left unchecked, the worm could have eventually killed him.
Spider in Stomach
While on holiday in Bali, a spider burrowed its way through an appendix scar on Dylan Maxwell’s stomach and traveled up his torso from his navel to his chest, creating a long red line in the process. The tropical stowaway lived inside Mr. Maxwell for a period of three days before doctors in Australia finally had it removed. “Haven’t felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it’s all over,” Maxwell said.
Maggots in Scalp
A summer trip to Belize had some frightening consequences for a Colorado man. After several bumps appeared on his scalp, Aaron Dallas went to the doctor to have them checked out. He said when he touched the bumps, he could feel them moving but thought it was just blood pumping. He couldn’t have been more wrong. Doctors found that these bumps were actually botfly maggots, five of them to be exact.
Maggots in Ear
Speaking of maggots, doctors in Kazakhstan found something extremely disturbing in a boy’s ear. The boy went to the doctors complaining of an earache, but when a doctor looked inside, he found live maggots. Twelve, one centimeter long blow fly maggots were removed and placed in a metal pan. If left untreated, the flesh eating maggots could have traveled to his brain and killed him. As disturbing as this is, Aida Adbybekova, deputy director of the Kazakhstan Scientific Researching Veterinarian Institute, said the case was not unique. Meaning this happens often. YIKES!
Tapeworm in Brain
Rosemary Alvarez thought she had a brain tumor. When the doctors went to operate, they discovered instead that she had a tapeworm attached to her brain stem. They were able to remove it, and she made a full recovery. Apparently, she got the worm after eating food tainted with human feces.
Eel in Anus
In a prank gone horribly wrong an eel found it’s way up a man’s anus. Allegedly, the victim’s “friends” inserted the Asian swamp eel into his backside. However, the eel swam into the man’s body and disappeared. The poor man had to go into surgery where Doctors were able to remove the eel without any permanent damage, except for maybe the man’s pride.
Nail in Head
Prax Sanchez went to the doctors complaining of an earache. But when doctors went to do an MRI, they couldn’t finish the test because it was so painful for the patient. The machine was detecting a significant piece of metal inside of Sanchez (and as we know, metal and MRI machines simply don’t mix). Later, as Sanchez was leaving the medical office, he coughed up a 1-inch nail he had in his nasal cavity. Apparently, the MRI machine help dislodge the nail from Sanchez’s nose which fell into his throat as he coughed. The doctors said it could have been there for years – maybe even decades.
Fish in Urethra
In what is probably one of the weirdest medical cases, a 14-year old boy from India had a 2cm long fish stuck in his penis. After cleaning out his fishing tank, the 14-year-old boy was holding the fish in his hand while relieving himself. The fish then slipped from his hand, swam up his urethra and got stuck there! The doctors were able to retrieve it with tools normally used for the removal of bladder stones. The child was later admitted into counseling to deal with any psychological trauma.
Ball of Hair in Stomach
A teenage girl went to the doctor because she couldn’t drink without becoming sick. When the doctors performed surgery on her stomach, they were surprised to find a 9 lb ball of hair. The girl suffers from Trichophagia in which she eats hair obsessively.
Larva in Eye
Botflies use mosquitoes as vectors to lay their eggs in humans. Once the mosquitoes bite a human, the botflies’ eggs drop onto the skin where they hatch and quickly burrow into the mosquito bite hole. The larvae can develop anywhere the eggs wind up. Even if it so happens to be in the eye of a person, which is what happened to a five-year-old in Honduras! The poor lad had to be put under anesthesia in order to surgically remove the botfly from his eye.
Spider in Ear
A Chinese woman checked into a hospital complaining about an itchy ear. When doctors investigated, they were surprised to find a spider taking up residence inside. To remove it, they used a saline solution to flush it out.
Magnets in Stomach
An 8-year-old ended up in the Emergency Room complaining of stomach pain. When they did an x-ray, they discovered a stack of magnets and batteries in her stomach. They had to remove them through surgery, and she lost 10 centimeters of her intestines due to damage.
Cockroach in Ear
When a 60-year-old man found a cockroach crawling around in his ear canal, he did everything he could to kill it, including using tooth picks and tweezers. Finally, he sprayed a pesticide inside and won the battle, but its dead carcass remained stuck in his ear. Of course, it got swollen and infected and doctors had to surgically remove it.
Inseminated Squids in Mouth
You might not believe this, but a 63-year-old woman became ‘pregnant’ with 12 baby squids after eating calamari. The woman ate the squid’s sperm sacks and became inseminated in the mouth with multiple tiny squids. She said she felt a prickling sensation all over her gums and teeth and when the doctors examined her, they found ‘baby cephalopods’ attached to her mouth. The doctors were able to remove the babies.
Coke Bottle in the Anus
A Chinese man went to the hospital complaining about stomach pains. When doctors inquired about potential causes, the man claimed to not know. However, when doctors performed an x-ray, they discovered a coke bottle and a hook wire in his anus. The man then confessed that he stuck the Coke bottle up there, but when he couldn’t get it out, he tried using the wire to remove it, which got stuck as well. Doctors were forced to operate to remove the foreign objects.
Maggots in Skin
You won’t believe what happened to this poor Australian couple. Bryan Williams and Ally Vaag were vacationing in South America when they got the most unpleasant surprise. They found disgusting, oozing pustules on their skin which contained small flesh eating maggots. The maggots were that of the human botfly, and as we discussed earlier, they enter a human host via mosquito bites. The couple got medical attention and were fine afterwards.
Parasites in Kidney and Bladder
At age 76, Hana Foldynova came to the hospital with a severe stomach pain. When doctors performed surgery on her kidneys, they discovered she had a 3.9 inch (9.9cm) long parasite living inside. They also found a 2.4-inch (6cm) long worm in her bladder. Though doctors were able to remove both worms, Foldynova was too weak to recover from the procedure and sadly died. It’s believed the worm entered Hana’s body through badly cooked fish.
Medical Instrument in Stomach
After having a hysterectomy, Sylvie Dubé experienced extreme pain similar to being stabbed. Doctors reassured her it was normal. But when the pain continued after two months, she had an x-ray done. Doctors found a metal plate 30 centimeters (11.81 inches) long in her stomach. The plate is used to protect her during surgery and is the last surgical item to be removed. Except it wasn’t in her case.
Twin Living Inside Man
This story is truly horrifying. Sanju Bhagat’s stomach was abnormally large. At one point, his stomach was so swollen, he could have been mistaken for being pregnant. One night after some breathing complications, Sanju was rushed to the hospital. The doctors thought he had a tumor, but when they went to operate, they discovered he had a person living inside of him. You read that right. A PERSON! It turns out, he was the victim of a rare case of fetus in fetu in which a fetus gets trapped inside a twin and acts like a parasite, feeding off the person. After the surgery (which according to accounts, horrified, confused and amazed doctors), Bhagat made a full recovery and now lives a normal life.
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