Joey Lykins, 35, living in the USA, found the nose piercing he lost while sleeping years later in his lung. “The doctor said I had won ‘best case of the night’,” he told Kennedy News of his breathtaking ordeal. “I’ve never heard of such a thing before.” The piercing stuck in his liver over the years caused Joey to experience health complaints 5 years later.
I FEEL THAT SOMETHING IS CLOCKING MY AIRWAYS
“I woke up and my septum piercing was gone and I couldn’t find it anywhere. I thought maybe I had swallowed it. I looked everywhere. I turned the bed over. I did everything.” The Ohioan had forgotten about the missing accessory until a few weeks ago, when he awoke “really coughing” at 2:30 am. “I was coughing so much that my back started to hurt,” Joey said. “I felt something was blocking my airways and thought I was sick.” Lykins, who initially thought he had “pneumonia” or another respiratory condition, went to the hospital for an examination.
HE WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THE PIERCHING IN THE X-RAY
The results were breathtaking: Subsequent X-rays revealed that the ring had inexplicably lodged in the upper lobe of his left lung. “The doctor came in and showed me the X-ray picture and said, ‘Does this look familiar?’ said. The bewildered piercing enthusiast exclaimed. “I was like, ‘You must be kidding me! I was looking for this. I didn’t know what was going on, but I never thought it was like that,” he added.
DOWN THROUGH THE PIPE AND PASSED INTO THE Lung
Lykins believes the ring fell from his nose while he was sleeping and then went down his “windpipe” and fell into his lungs. However, it was especially difficult for him to understand his discomfort, as the accidental lung ring had not really caused him any problems until recently. “I coughed, but never thought too much about it,” Lykins explained, adding that he was glad he hadn’t punctured his lung. “I don’t know if it could have done damage, but it was wrapped in scar tissue, so it didn’t look like it was going anywhere,” he said.
DECIDES NOT TO USE THE RETURNED PIERCING
However, the patient was referred to a specialist three days later for surgery. He underwent a bronchoscopy, in which doctors inserted a thin tube down his throat into his lungs so that he could retrieve his buried treasure. “They put me to sleep, put a camera in my windpipe with a little gripper, grabbed it, took it out, and handed it back to me,” Lykins explains, who understandably decided not to put it back on his nose.