Monday, April 27, 2009

Signs of Spring: Fir Tree Found Growing in Man's Lungs

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:15 PM

Ah, the smells of spring! The sweet perfume of lilacs and cherry blossoms. The comforting scent of dirt after a gentle rain. Makes you want to inhale deeply, to store up all these evanescent odors to sustain you through another blazing-hot St. Louis summer, right?

Not so fast.

(And beware those who venture past the jump. It's pretty grisly back there.)

Artyom Sidorkin, a 28-year-old man in the Central Russian city of Izhevsk, checked into a local hospital a few weeks ago. Sidorkin was coughing up blood and complained of a pain in his chest, reports Komsomolskaya Pravda Daily.

A artist's rendering of Sidorenko's lungs, had the tree not been removed. Not to scale.
  • A artist's rendering of Sidorenko's lungs, had the tree not been removed. Not to scale.
An X-ray showed that there was something in Sidorkin's lung, probably a tumor. Doctors at Udmurtian Cancer Center prepared for a biopsy.

But when they cut into Sidorkin's chest, they noticed something strange. The tumor was green. It also appeared to have needles.

"I blinked three times, and thought I was seeing things. Then I called the assistant to have a look," Dr. Vladimir Kamashev told

It was indeed exactly what it looked like: a five-centimenter-long fir tree. The needles had been pressing into Sidorkin's capillaries, which caused the bleeding.

It is unclear how a fir tree ended up in Sidorkin's lung. The prevailing theory is that Sidorkin inhaled a tiny bud, which took root (or something) and began to grow.

"It really hurt a lot. But I never felt like I had an alien object inside of me," Sidorkin said.

Well, that'

Komsomolskaya Pravda has graciously provided the real picture of the biopsy.

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