Man Coughs Up Nail 35 Years After Accident

youreitFebruary 16, 2006

HOY!

Brenda


In 1970, a bizarre gardening accident embedded a small nail deep inside Guy "Bud" Hart's body.

More than 35 years later, the nail made an unexpected return, much to Hart's surprise.

The Placerville man was stunned earlier this month when a coughing fit expelled the inch\-long sliver of metal, completing its decades\-long trek inside the 84\-year\-old's body. 

"I didn't think something like that could happen," Hart said.

The story of Hart and his unexpected passenger began in Minnesota back in 1970. While mowing grass one day, Hart felt a slight pain in his throat and saw a small trickle of blood. 

"It was like a bee sting," Hart said. "But I didn't think much of it." 

Hart wasn't overly alarmed, but just hours later, the discomfort began.

"The next day, when I coughed, it was like I had a hot knife in there, cutting me," Hart said.

His family rushing him to the hospital with a 105\-degree temperature. There, doctors determined their culprit, the small nail that had apparently dropped down inside Hart's body cavity and nestled inside his ribcage.

Doses of penicillin helped Hart heal, but since removing the metal would require major surgery, and doctors suspected the nail would seal itself off in Hart's body, the foreign object was forgotten for years.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," Hart said.

Years later, the nail turned up again on a doctor's x\-ray, but again, the unobtrusive item was left alone.

Then, three weeks ago, an internal camera captured an image of the nail during a routine doctor's office visit. But it wasn't in Hart's ribcage area as he'd always thought \-\- the object was actually in Hart's lungs. As Hart and his doctors made plans to remove the nail once and for all, natural physiology took over.

Hart was in the bathroom, brushing his teeth last week when the 35\-year partnership finally came to an end.

"I'd been having this tickle in my throat," Hart said. "Pretty soon, I started coughing. And it plopped right out."

Since the pair were separated, Hart's been feeling fine and doctors have no reason to think the nail had any lasting impact on his health.

Hart has been keeping the nail in a small plastic bag, but doesn't have any long\-term plans about what to do with the strange artifact.

"Sell it to the Smithsonian Institute?" Hart laughed. "No, I never gave it much thought."

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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I wonder if he was issued a card similar to the one that was given to me to carry in my wallet. It says my body has metal implants that might cause security scanners to send out an alert. Can you imagine this poor guy trying to get on a plane?? Sandy

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 12:59PM
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fairy_toadmother

that's bizarre!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 9:25PM
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youreit

I was thinking the same thing as I was posting that, Sandy!

The guy is such a down-to-earth fella, I was also wondering who alerted the media to his interesting story. :)

Brenda

    Bookmark   February 17, 2006 at 10:33AM
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ademink(z5a-5b Indianapolis)

OMG, that's so odd. Wonder what I'm going to cough up one day when I'm brushing my teeth. I'm sure I've swallowed a few things I'm not aware of. LOL "Hey, where'd that Frigidaire come from...????"

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 11:28PM
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youreit

LOL!! Yeah, that's my new excuse these days.

DH - "Hon, where's my screwdriver?"
Me - "I think I swallowed it."
DH - "No, not THAT screwdriver! My tool!"
Me - *hiccup*

Brenda

    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 10:23AM
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youreit

I knew he couldn't hold out forever...

Brenda

Here is a link that might be useful: This is it!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 10:00AM
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zinniachick(southwest Ohio)

Oh man, Brenda, that is excellent! Good spotting!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 10:20AM
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horton(6 b Ontario.)

Brenda and Miss Zinnia, Just think about that poor old lady that swallowed the fly...
Perhaps, if she didn't die, she could now be throwing up for weeks on end, coughing up all the stuff that followed that fly down her gullet!
Keep your eye on Ebay for a regurgitated frog, spider, dog, horse, etc.
Just a passing thought.
Gawd I have to find something to do until spring arrives!
"Horton"

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 11:48AM
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fairy_toadmother

"Gawd I have to find something to do until spring arrives! "--- horton, you could always clean the neighbors' houses? or find those rustling mouses in my office.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 9:48PM
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horton(6 b Ontario.)

FTM, I have just got over a battle with a mouse.

We had one that stripped the peanut butter completely off three traps, without tripping them over a five day period.
The contest was on, let me tell you.
Never before had it taken more than two settings of my hair trigger traps and I got my quarry.

But here was this little rascally rodent about to [and in fact nearly did] ruin my Great White Hunter reputation.

My DW thought the whole episode was hilarious, "It's Man against Mouse", she told her friend. Which only made me more dertermined that this dangerous daring, yet somewhat dextrous minimus would be bagged and tagged before the week was over.

Day six, after cleaning, re-baiting and resetting the treated traps triggers, to their finest fastest and most fatal tripping point,SNAP! and the beast was mine.

No more patter of tiny feet, no more tiny toothed sculptured chocolate bars, no more ridicule, no more scoffing, no more sleepless nights, until next time.................
But for this moment,I am once again Master of my own Domain.

"Horton the Hunter".

P.S. I rent out, but I'm not cheap!

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 7:43AM
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youreit

Actually, I can't take credit for spotting this on eBay, ZC. It made our local news. :D

The old lady that swallowed the fly? Is that yet another nursery rhyme that I missed out on in my youth?

Ugh, the ol' mouse infiltration story! I feel your pain. Horton the Hunter, you should offer yourself up on eBay! If someone would pay $31 dollars for the ultimate body piercing (piercer?), I can only imagine what they'd pay for the Great Northern Mouse Hunter!

Brenda

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 8:59AM
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zinniachick(southwest Ohio)

You go, Horton! Once again you prove yourself Pest Abolisher Extraordinaire. :)

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 9:39AM
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horton(6 b Ontario.)

Brenda, time for a sing-a-long!
"H"

Here is a link that might be useful: There was an old lady........

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 12:14PM
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fairy_toadmother

"Day six, after cleaning, re-baiting and resetting the treated traps triggers, to their finest fastest and most fatal tripping point,SNAP! and the beast was mine."---- playing "Taps" ...

i cheer them on or at least get a chuckle, so shoot me :) just dont set any hair trigger traps in my neck of the woods. i want to keep my neck.

*gasp* brenda, you have never heard that song? it is so much better heard. i shall be singing all night now! well, may not be better heard in my singing voice, though.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 10:02PM
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youreit

LOL!! No, my mommy didn't sing me those kind of songs when I was a pup. She stuck with the classics, like, "Would you like to swing on a star?" and the ever-popular, "Sippin CI-der through a straw..." Oh, and some Lynard Skynard. :D

I don't know where those people earned their MIDI licenses, but they should be retested bi-annually. The songs sound nothing like they should!

Brenda

    Bookmark   March 5, 2006 at 10:16AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

The cats who shared out house in Wisconsin thought it was great fun to bring mice and other small critters into the house to provide entertainment at odd hours. Occasionaly this would get out of hand because the mice were too smart to fall into a trap and the cats would get bored and let them go for the next time. It so happened they had several running around the day I had the garden club meeting. As the first ladies approached the door, a mouse scurried under my feet followed by a cat. Either in a panic or from habit I slammed the bristle end of a broom down on the mouse which stopped it in it's tracks, leaving the tail exposed. I grabbed the mouse by the tail, ran to the door of the greenhouse and tossed it in forgetting the screen was closed. So the mouse was trapped between the door and the screen. As more ladies came in, the cat came in with another mouse and I reacted exactly the same way. I still don't know why I tossed them out that door. The back door was only 15 feet away. I still get teased. Sandy

    Bookmark   March 6, 2006 at 1:23AM
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youreit

The story that just won't die...

The bidding is now up to $257.53.

Sheesh, if I ever cough up something solid, I'll be kind enough to offer it up on the exchange forum here first before making a profit on eBay. That's just the kind of person I am.

Brenda

    Bookmark   March 12, 2006 at 10:48AM
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fairy_toadmother

good story, sandy!

brenda, selling it on ebay is even more bizarre! buying it? i have no words.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2006 at 7:39PM
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zinniachick(southwest Ohio)

Dibs on Brenda's hairball! :)

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 10:29AM
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fairy_toadmother

LMAO, zinnia!

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 9:16PM
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youreit

Aaaaaand the final bid was $510. However, his reserve wasn't met, so he can decline that offer if he's nuts. (I agree about the bidders being even crazier, FTM!)

Putting ZC down for one hairball. :D

Brenda

    Bookmark   March 14, 2006 at 9:14AM
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fairy_toadmother

brenda, i couldn't resist and looked at a few listings to see if they were all as bizarre!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2006 at 7:07PM
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