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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.


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

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