A 75-year-old Brewster man was hit by a wrong initial diagnosis by the doctors following an X-ray of his chest in May that showed presence of a small dark spot in his lung, speculating it to be a tumor.
The time Ron Sveden was rushed to Cape Cod Hospital, he was suffering from acute emphysema, with a collapsed left lung and pneumonia.
However, later following multiple biopsies, doctors diagnosed that it was not a tumor, rather his collapsed lung had a pea seed germinating inside it. The sprout is claimed to be about a half of an inch tall.
The former teacher, who has also operated a retail fish market and smokehouse, witnessed his delicate health deteriorated further in prior months. He was already aware that he had emphysema; however, afterwards he started having bad coughing spells.
“He thought he was going to have lung cancer, and this would have been his last six months, but instead he has this new lease on life”, quoted Dr. Scott Slater, Sveden’s pulmonologist, who practices out of a private office in Hyannis. “It’s not often that things end so happy like this”.
Following the correct diagnosis, the doctor removed the sprout, and Sveden has now finally recuperated.
Sveden first referred a doctor for what turned out to be the pea on Memorial Day.