A retired construction worker, Derek Kirchen, 67, who had suffered pneumonia eight times and experienced recurring pass-outs, had perplexed the doctors who were at their wits end, making sense of the symptoms and providing answers. When the X-rays and tests did not offer any clues, doctors had cautioned Kirchen that the symptoms may be signs of lung cancer.
But during a minor surgery, Dr Syed Tariq, a respiratory physician, stumbled upon a nut, safely ensconced in Kirchen's left lung. The doctor, used the assistance of a camera probe inserted into the patient's throat and right into the lungs, which detected a mysterious black blob. The blob was pulled out using an instrument resembling a claw that was attached to the camera.
Derek Kirchen , absolutely flummoxed, but greatly relieved said 'I just don't know how it got there. It's a complete mystery. When I came round all the nurses were giggling, as they couldn't believe it was a nut. I can't remember choking on a nut. It's ironic really as I don't even like the darned things.'