Can Plants Grow Inside the Body: The Ron Sveden Case

Our daily health question of the day goes like this: Can plants grow inside the human body? Well, if I haven’t heard about the story of Ron Sveden I would go, “What kind of dumb question is that? Of course not!”

But check out this story about a Massachusetts man named Ron Sveden who, apparently, had a pea plant growing inside his body. Good thing doctors were able to catch and remove it before it made things worse for Ron.

From NBC:

From WHDH:

For two weeks they ran tests but they all came back negative for cancer, until one doctor found the plant growing in his lung.

“Whether this would have gone full-term and I’d be working for the jolly green giant, I don’t know. I think the thing that finally dawned on me is that it wasn’t the cancer,” said Sveden.

Ron said he never felt anything growing in his chest, just a lot of coughing. Doctors suspect he had eaten a pea at some point in the last couple of months and it went down the wrong way, and then began to grow.

“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 Sveden.

His wife Nancy was beyond happy with this strange twist of fate. “God has such a sense of humor. It could have been just nothing, but it had to be a pea, and it had to be sprouting,” said Nancy Sveden, Ron’s wife.

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