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NC Doctor Removes Plastic Fragment Lodged in Lung
Yahoo News ^ | 09/18/2009 | Yahoo News

Posted on 09/18/2009 4:17:34 AM PDT by Dallas59

RALEIGH, N.C. – Doctors say a North Carolina man who was plagued with coughing fits should be OK now that they have removed a 1-inch piece of plastic from his lung, where it had rested since he apparently inhaled it nearly two years ago while sucking down a soft drink at a Wendy's restaurant.

Doctors at Duke University Medical Center say the plastic fragment of an eating utensil — with the Wendy's logo still legible on the side — was likely to blame for the coughing, fatigue and pneumonia spells that plagued John Manley for almost two years.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: lung; wendys
Guy must have been really thirsty....
1 posted on 09/18/2009 4:17:35 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

How would a bit of trash like that have gotten into a drink?


2 posted on 09/18/2009 4:22:19 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Unashamed Sarah-Bot.)
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To: Dallas59

OMG, beating back the double entendres right now. Clean it up, clean it up....


3 posted on 09/18/2009 4:23:17 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Is it too soon for real conservatives to launch a "We Tried to Warn You Tour"?)
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To: Dallas59
Cha-CHING!
4 posted on 09/18/2009 4:26:25 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Joe Wilson speaks for me.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Ya have to eat a Frosty with a spoon if it’s really cold and stiff ... coulda broken off part of the spoon.


5 posted on 09/18/2009 4:27:13 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur)
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To: Dallas59

“Doctor, my eye hurts every time I drink coffee!”

“You gotta take the spoon out of your mug first.”


6 posted on 09/18/2009 4:28:04 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: paulycy
"Doctor, will I be able to play the violin when my broken arm heals"?

Sure you will.

That's great because I couldn't before...

7 posted on 09/18/2009 4:29:54 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Is it too soon for real conservatives to launch a "We Tried to Warn You Tour"?)
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To: Blueflag
Ya have to eat a Frosty with a spoon if it’s really cold and stiff ... coulda broken off part of the spoon.

Best theory so far.

8 posted on 09/18/2009 4:32:31 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Patient: Doctor, you’ve got to help me. I think I’m a kleptomaniac.

Doctor: Don’t worry. I think there’s something you can take for that.


9 posted on 09/18/2009 4:32:53 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: Dallas59

logo on the piece of plastic,

very bad for wendys

very good for his lawyer


10 posted on 09/18/2009 4:37:38 AM PDT by edzo4 (NoBama 2012)
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To: Henny

“Doctor, my arm hurts when i go like this.”

“Don’t go like that”


11 posted on 09/18/2009 4:39:51 AM PDT by bagster
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To: bagster
Doctor: "Mrs. Klein your check came back"

Patient: "So did my cough"

12 posted on 09/18/2009 4:59:28 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
True story:

I was being wheeled into surgery for my busted hand. Asked my surgeon, "Doc, will I be able to play the piano?"

He deadpanned, "That depends on whether you could play before."

Me: "That depends on who you talk to."

He did a splendid job. My little finger on my RH was basically detached - put in two stainless steel screws and reassembled the tendons - I can play the piano AND the harpsichord, as well as sew and type, just as well as I could before. Whew!

13 posted on 09/18/2009 5:04:11 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Dallas59

I bet the guy inhaled it on purpose just to try to win a big lawsuit. ;-)


14 posted on 09/18/2009 5:05:29 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: AnAmericanMother

Great story!!!!


15 posted on 09/18/2009 5:06:22 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Is it too soon for real conservatives to launch a "We Tried to Warn You Tour"?)
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To: Blueflag
Ya have to eat a Frosty with a spoon

My rule is that I only use a straw on a Frosty. It's really a challenge when they are cold. My face muscles get a workout.

16 posted on 09/18/2009 5:07:38 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault
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To: Dallas59
It wouldn't unless either placed there by an employee or placed in the drink by the customer re: a potential fraudulent Wendy's lawsuit. How exactly would one suck up a piece this large through a Wendy's straw? Second, one would immediately feel the sensation of a sharp plastic shard in your throat area and in your lung even worse!

Merely a conjecture but I suspect he may have done this himself for the purpose of a lawsuit. It seems highly unlikely one wouldn't immediately sense a problem and seek medical assistance which might have discovered the problem.

17 posted on 09/18/2009 5:10:06 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: luvbach1
Best theory so far.

Think he was inhaling that Frosty?

18 posted on 09/18/2009 5:32:40 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: marvlus
Think he was inhaling that Frosty?

They're AWFULLY hard to keep lit...

19 posted on 09/18/2009 5:40:24 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Blueflag
Ya have to eat a Frosty with a spoon if it’s really cold and stiff ... coulda broken off part of the spoon.

Maybe so...but it looks to me like that is the wrong end of the spoon to be eating off of. Here is a pic of a Wendy's spoon in a Frosty.

Compare it to the pic of the swallowed spoon portion. Isn't that the end of the handle? If so, that had to have been done on purpose

20 posted on 09/18/2009 6:09:36 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: ravingnutter

It wasn’t a Frosty. It was a drink. The guy said he liked to take “big gulps.”


21 posted on 09/18/2009 6:21:56 AM PDT by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Doc Savage
I'm a really suspicious person and even I wouldn't believe someone would purposely leave a piece of plastic in his lung for 2 years. My best guess is that the Wendy's in questions was “recycling” (reusing) their cups and didn't notice the piece of trash in that one. I'm also guessing he did not use a straw to drink his soda. Movie theatres do this with their cups quite often. You should always crush your soda cups at theatres or you might get it back again next week.
22 posted on 09/18/2009 6:22:55 AM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If you’ve eaten at Wendy’s in the last couple of years, your question would answer itself!


23 posted on 09/18/2009 7:36:07 AM PDT by Skenderbej
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To: Doc Savage

I cannot imagine who, SOBER, would ever inhale a piece of plastic to keep in his lungs for two years. That’s the key methinks, SOBER. May have been soused out of his gourd on alcohol or some drug.


24 posted on 09/18/2009 8:07:06 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Unashamed Sarah-Bot.)
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