All little boys (and girls for that matter) fall down and scrape their knees, So when 4-year old Paul Franklin of Aliso Viejo, CA scraped his during a family trip to Spooner’s Cover Beach, his parents Ken and Rachael didn’t think anything of it at first.
However, as the “little ouchie” began to grow to the size of an orange with pus, a black center and hot to the touch over the next three weeks, they began to fear the worst, everything from gangrene to a staph infection that could eventually spread throughout his blood stream.
While their doctor prescribed an antibiotic and told them to let the swelling recede on its own, Rachael decided to drain it herself. She sat Paul down and began squeezing his knee, when suddenly a tiny black sea snail popped out.
The snails are common along the Pacific coast from Vancouver Island to the Baja Peninsula, and generally grow to be 1”-1-3/4” inches in diameter.
Although no one knows for sure how the snail egg became lodged in Paul’s knee, his father , thinks that he probably fell on sea snail nest during their vacation, and that one of the eggs went into the boy’s leg knee and began growing inside him.
The big question, however is, “How could I, Ken, the urgent care doctor and the pediatrician have missed a black sea snail living in his leg?” stated Rachael Franklin.
In the meantime, Paul has already named the snail “Turbo” and wants to keep it as a pet.