Snail Hatches Inside Child’s Knee

Posted at 11:24 PM, Aug 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-19 23:24:48-04

ALISO VIEJO, California-  A 4-year-old boy has an unusual  beach souvenir, after a snail actually hatched inside his knee.

KCAL reports that a few weeks ago, Paul Franklin scraped his knee while playing on a beach during a family trip. His parents cleaned it and put a bandage on the cut, thinking it would heal, but that wasn’t the case.  The wound began to swell, and even antibiotics from the doctor’s office didn’t make it go away.

Last week, his mom noticed the scrape was turning black and decided to drain the wound, and that’s when they found something very unexpected.

“I put it on a paper towel and I’m like, ‘That is a weird looking rock. It has swirls on it,’ and I turn it over and it is a sea snail,” said Paul’s mother, Rachael Franklin. “I had to laugh we went through this three week ordeal.”

“I thought it was kinda crazy, it felt itchy,” says Paul.

Paul’s parents say they’re relieved and are keeping a good sense of humor about the whole thing. Now that the snail is out of his knee, the little boy’s wound is healing up just fine.