When a California boy’s knee swelled up to an abnormal size, his mother decided to take him to the doctor. At first, they said it was a staph infection. However, when his mother popped it, she found it wasn’t that at all, and inside was something unexpected by everyone.
Rachel Franklin said that 7-year-old Paul’s knee had grown to be rather large after forming a pimple on the outside, reports MailOnline. She took him to the doctor, and he was prescribed antibiotics for a staph infection before being sent on his way, but things soon became worse.
After some time, the swelling wasn’t going down, and it actually started to ooze black, slimy pus from the sore, but the doctor specifically told her not to pop it when they were there. However, it got to the point where she decided to defy the doctor’s orders, and when she popped the pimple, she made a disturbing discovery.
“I’m peering at this object and it has a strange look about it,” she said, thinking that at first it was a rock. “I realized it wasn’t a rock. It has whirls on it.”
As it turns out, Paul had a snail living inside of his knee.
“I turn it over and I think — I might have laughed out loud,” recalled Paul’s mother. “I said, ‘Paul. This is a snail. It’s a freaking snail.’”
While most of us would have cringed at the thought of a snail living inside of us, the boy took it in stride and simple said it was “cool.” He ended up keeping the snail, which was found to be a littorina scutulata that can live in extreme conditions, and he named it “Turbo.” Paul’s father believes that the mollusk entered his knee when he fell on a nest of snail eggs while they were at the beach.
The boy’s story is set to air on Discovery’s Monster Inside Me next Wednesday.
I couldn’t imagine finding out I had something like that living inside of my body. It seriously gives me the chills just thinking about it. Fortunately, all turned out well for Paul, especially after being misdiagnosed by the doctor, since who knows what could have happened if his mother didn’t go against the doctor’s wishes and pop the pimple.