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Little Boy Finds Sea Snail Growing in Knee

What would you do if you found a snail living inside your body?

Paul Franklin was a typical four-year-old living with his family in Alisa Viejo, Calif. when he told the reporter he thought "it was kind of crazy."

It was reported that the boy fell and cut himself on a rock while they were on a family vacation. But even after being cleaned and bandaged, Paul's wound did not heal properly.

After a visit to urgent care, the physician put him on a course of antibiotics for staph infection, but a couple of weeks later the knee began to turn black. So, Paul's mom did what moms do: She squeezed the wound to try to drain it.

Can you imagine what you would do if you were Paul's mom and out popped a tiny sea snail?

The snail had been living and growing underneath his skin, and when it was birthed into the world, it was still very much alive. Paul's knee began to heal nicely and he kept the snail as a pet, a baby sea snail named Turbo.

I must admit that I might not have granted Turbo the same life he leads today.



Copyright © 2015 Coral Levang. Adapted from original written in 2013 and published on Bubblews, and removed later by the author.

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wolfgirl569 wrote on December 11, 2015, 3:10 PM

That would freak a person out. Glad that it took care of the boys knee at least.

CoralLevang wrote on December 11, 2015, 3:27 PM

And now the boy has a new little pet. LOL

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 11, 2015, 5:02 PM

I would have been startled, that's for sure. But I probably would have let the boys keep it as a pet.

CoralLevang wrote on December 11, 2015, 5:24 PM

That's what little boys do, though, isn't it? Would a little girl want it as a pet? Maybe some of them.... maybe wolfgirl569 ... she likes critters....

but lexiconlover might have used poor Turbo for fish bait. emoticon :winking:

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 11, 2015, 5:33 PM

That is crazy. I seriously have never even thought that a small creature like that would bury itself under a person's skin and live, It kind of grosses me out to think about.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 11, 2015, 5:46 PM

No snails here lol and especially after finding it someplace like that. But it could have fed the garden snake

Paulie wrote on December 12, 2015, 1:36 AM

This is a really remarkable story. Who would have thought a sea snail could get into his knee.

Rufuszen wrote on December 12, 2015, 11:49 AM

Glad to hear the snail is still going strong, anything with that will to survive deserves to go on.

CoralLevang wrote on December 12, 2015, 1:12 PM

When he scraped his knee on the rocks by the sea, Turbo was likely smaller than a grain of sand. You think you clean everything but sometimes, there is debris left in a wound.

I remember when we lived in Guam and my daughter (a teenager) had a huge "pimple-like" thing on her back that was very painful. We washed it but it didn't go away. It looked like there was a huge pore in the middle of it. It finally hurt her so much, I decide to see if we could relieve the pressure and disinfect it to see if it helped before making an appointment.

As I expressed it, out popped a fairly large grain of sand (we spent a lot of time on the beaches there) and a lot of pus. After taking care of it, it healed up in about two or three days.

CoralLevang wrote on December 12, 2015, 1:12 PM

Amazing, isn't it?

CoralLevang wrote on December 12, 2015, 1:12 PM

That was two years ago, but I hope little Turbo is still going strong.

markgraham wrote on December 12, 2015, 2:03 PM

That would be something to witness. I think that would have hurt at least some time when the snail was in the sore.