Toy traffic cone found in man's lung after 40 years (Photo)
Toy traffic cone found in man's lung after 40 years (Photo)

Toy traffic cone found in man’s lung after 40 years (Photo)

Doctors discovered a small plastic traffic cone in a 47-year-old British man’s chest he had received for his seventh birthday.

The BBC reports that the man, who was a long-time smoker, went to the doctor to have the cough checked out. Medics believed it was a tumor stemming from the smoking habit, but when they finally performed tests on the man, they discovered a foreign object was causing the cough.

It was a “long lost Playmobil traffic cone” that the man received on his 7th birthday. According to the British Medical Journal, the man confessed to his doctors that as a kid he would frequently swallow toys.

He even recalled swallowing the traffic cone, but he didn’t experience any any ill-effects for decades.

Because he was so young when the toy was swallowed, doctors say his airway may have been able to adapt to the toy’s presence.


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