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Something Was Born Inside A Little Boy's Knee And He's Keeping It As A Pet

This is gross, but cute. But gross.

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A doctor prescribed antibiotics for a staph infection after his knee became swollen and infected. Despite a 10-day course of heavy medication and frequent cleanings, Paul's knee did not heal.

When his mom, Rachel Franklin, removed the bandage she saw this:

The knee was a mess, with a large pus pocket and, behind it, black and necrotic-looking tissue. Gangrene, she told herself, preparing to rush her son to the emergency room.

Against the doctor's advice, Rachel decided to squeeze the wound to drain it. She squeezed and tugged, and a tiny black snail popped out of her son's knee. A living baby sea snail.

Paul's father, Ken Franklin, thinks that an egg might have been forced into Paul's knee when he fell on the rock. The egg gestated inside the knee and the snail was born.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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