Sea snail in knee kept growing in a 4-year-old’s kneecap before finally being popped out, Web Pro News reported this Saturday, Aug. 17. What's more, the sea snail was adopted as a pet by the young boy, and nicknamed Turbo. Paul Franklin of Aliso Viejo only remembered scraping his knee — several weeks later, he realized that it was an actual sea snail that was growing within it.
A sea snail in a knee might sound like a hoax at first, but for 4-year-old Paul Franklin, the hardy sea snail is anything but a joke. After scraping his knee on vacation, Paul began telling his mother that his knee wasn’t healing, and she soon noticed that it was a wound “that kept seeping and never quite scabbed up”.
Less than a month later, Franklin’s parents began to worry after his knee seemed to be growing inside, swelling to the size of a golf ball. Doctors thought it was a staph infection, but after the 4-year-old wouldn’t get better, they decided to take him to the emergency care center.
A sea snail in the knee wasn’t what any of the family expected (let alone the boy adopting him as his pet), to say the least. Even a superbug was suspected at first.
“He was more freaked out than even I am,” said Paul’s mother. “It was no laughing matter, he told us. The infection could work its way into Paul’s bloodstream and cause all kinds of problems. Thinking it might be the superbug, he washed his hands, and made us wash ours right on the spot.”
The boy’s knee kept growing, and soon Paul was having trouble just walking on his knee. Pus began to grow there, and finally his mother Rachael decided to simply squeeze the wound and see what happened.
Yes, a sea snail popped right out of the knee.
“You will never guess what popped out of that wound ... A baby sea snail!”
Both Paul and his mother thought it was only a stone, but the sea snail began to move, and the family realized this was a living thing.
“He moved! “There’s a freakin’ little guy in there! Bubbles were coming up.”
Paul decided to keep the snail and has named his pet Turbo.
What’s your input on the sea snail in knee story? Talk about a strange health scare with a happy ending.