Sea snail? More like knee snail

I first saw this story on the Daily Mail. Red flags flew. So I found it locally and sure enough, it holds up. It will be curious to see if they get any better information on how this happened. That’s a pretty tough egg.

Family Shocked After Sea Snail Egg Grew And Hatched Inside Aliso Viejo Boy’s Knee « CBS Los Angeles.

Paul Franklin’s parents admit they didn’t think much of it when their son scraped his knee while playing on the beach during a recent camping trip.

“Before you know it, a couple weeks later, his knee was very swollen and infected,” Ken said.

Paul’s parents took him to the doctor, who prescribed antibiotics, and days passed amid fears his wound was badly infected with a dangerous strain of Staph.

Then last Thursday, Rachael noticed the spot on her son’s knee was turning black.

Upon taking a closer look, she decided that she had to drain the wound. That’s when she got a shock.

“It looked like a rock. It was a black thing,” she said.

“I put it on a paper towel and I’m like, ‘That is a weird looking rock. It has swirls on it.’ And I turn it over and it is a sea snail.”

Luckily the family has taken the whole ordeal with a good sense of humour. After the sea snail hatched and was removed, Paul’s wound has almost completely healed and he doesn’t seem to be having any bad after effects from growing a snail inside his body.

And it seems the sea snail even made out of alive. Weird.

Snail came out of boys knee.

Snail came out of boys knee.


  3 comments for “Sea snail? More like knee snail

  1. Charles DuFarle
    August 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    One of tenets of diagnosis is when you hear hoof beats you don’t expect zebra. An old wound with no debridement or at least flushed out. Just throw antibiotics at it and call me later. Sigh kinda poor medicine.

  2. Massachusetts
    August 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    If only we could do this with Neanderthals and Wooly Mammoths!

  3. August 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    I’m still very skeptical about this story.

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