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A fir tree has been found growing inside a man's lung by surgeons who were operating on him for suspected cancer.
The tree, measuring 5cm, was discovered by Russian doctors when they opened up Artyom Sidorkin, 28, to remove what they thought was a tumour.
Medical staff believe that Mr Sidorkin somehow inhaled a seed, which later sprouted into a small fir tree inside his lung.
The patient had complained of extreme pain in his chest and had been coughing up blood. Doctors were convinced he had cancer.
'We were 100 per cent sure,' said surgeon Vladimir Kamashev from Izhevsk in the Urals. 'We did X-rays and found what looked exactly like a tumour. I had seen hundreds before, so we decided on surgery.'
Oh sure there was a tree growing in his lungs and in that tree they also found a birds nest, a lost kite and the head of an axe which got broken off it's handle when the the little people, who live in his stomach tried to cut it down. They were ever so hungry and needed the wood to built a fire so they could cook up chunks of his liver.
Originally posted by ravenshadow13
It's true (that it's false). The conditions would not be ideal for a tree to grow there in terms of humidity and light, it probably could not have rooted anywhere, they would have seen it on tests, and he would have had more symptoms.
I don't buy one word of it.
[edit on 4/14/2009 by ravenshadow13]
The discovery has not been independently verified.
Originally posted by Retikx
That little piece of tree appears to have green in it which means it was able to produce chlorophyll which MEANS it had to have been exposed to light during its growth.