Sea snail in knee: Turbo, the sea snail that hatched and grew in four-year-old Paul Franklin’s knee for weeks has become the family’s house pet and instead of living in the four-year-old boy’s knee, it lives now in a fish tank. “The Orange County Register reports that Paul named the snail Turbo, after the star of this summer's animated feature,” reported CNN on Aug. 19, 2013.
The story of sea snail Turbo and four-year-old Paul Franklin from Aliso Viejo in California began last month during a family trip to the beach when the preschooler fell and scraped his right knee. As most parents do, Paul’s parents cleaned up the wound and put a Band-Aid on it.
Two weeks later, however, four-year-old Paul’s knee was swollen, appeared infected, and warranted a trip to the doctor.
“A doctor told Paul's mom, Rachael, that it might be a nasty staph infection. Antibiotics helped, but there was a growing black bump underneath the skin.”
Seeing the black bump and recognizing that the wound needed to be drained, Paul’s mom jumped into action.To her surprise, when she squeezed the spot with her fingers, out popped sea snail Turbo looking like a black rock.
"It looked like a rock. It was a black thing," told Paul’s mom reporters. "I put it on a paper towel and I'm like, 'That is a weird looking rock. It has swirls on it,' and I turn it over and it is a sea snail."
Apparently, when Paul had scraped his knee, he didn’t just get beach sand into his knee but also a sea snail egg which continued to develop under his knee skin and hatch into a sea snail.
"I thought it was kind of crazy," says four-year-old Paul who has developed an attachment to his little companion. Instead of his knee, sea snail Turbo continues to thrive in the family’s fish tank.