A man who had a coin stuck up his nose for more than 50 years has finally had it removed.
The unnamed 59-year-old Russian man was mucking around as a six-year-old when he wedged the coin into his right nostril.
As you do.
But then he couldn’t get it out again and didn’t want to tell his “strict” mother, Metro UK reports.
So there it stayed – for half a century. Well, 53 years to be precise.
He told local Russian media that he eventually “forgot” that the coin was there, and managed to live fairly happily for the next five decades with the stuck coinage.
But his fortunes changed when he began to have breathing problems in his right nostril and went to the hospital to get himself checked out.
A scan showed the coin still lodged in his nasal passage, now surrounded by rhinoliths (stones in the nasal cavity).
The rhinoliths had finally begun to cause breathing problems.
Doctors performed endoscopic surgery while the man was under a general anaesthetic, removing the stones – and the coin.
It turns out the coin was a Soviet kopek, worth about a penny at the time and no longer used as a currency in Russia.
The kopek’s signature hammer and sickle emblem had faded over the 53 years the coin had been lodged in the man’s nasal passage.
After the coin was removed, the man’s breathing returned to normal, doctors said.
It’s not the first time unusual objects have been found lodged in parts of people’s bodies.
In 2015, a 51-year-old man from Surrey in the UK made news when he sneezed and a toy dart he’d stuck up his nose when he was seven years old shot out.
He had gone to the doctor complaining of headaches and constant sniffles and was unaware that the tiny dart had been in his nose for 44 years.
In another eye-watering case, a woman in the UK found a contact lens that had been stuck in her eye for an incredible 28 years.
She’d been hit in the eye during a game of badminton when she was 14 and thought her contact lens had fallen out.
However, at 44 she began to experience swelling and drooping in her left eye.
An ophthalmologist determined that the contact lens had been inside her eye all along.