It was not the diagnosis Ron Sveden was expecting. He had prepared himself to hear the words cancer and tumor. Instead, doctors told him he had a pea plant growing inside him.
Sveden had been sick for months. He was already fighting emphysema, and when his health took a turn for the worse on Memorial Day, his wife called 911. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors took X-rays and found his left lung had collapsed.
For two weeks they ran lots of tests but they all came back negative for cancer. Then, one doctor found the plant growing in his lung. He said he never felt anything growing in his chest. Doctors suspect he had eaten a pea at some point in the past couple of months and it went down the wrong way, and then began to grow.