Paul Baxter has made medical history, but his case is so embarrassing he probably wishes he hadn't.
The 47-year-old postal worker had been living with respiratory problems for over a year now. A lifelong smoker who recently had pneumonia, doctors assumed the worst when Baxter told them he was coughing up yellow mucus.
Along with the cough, Baxter had been feeling under the weather for almost a year. An x-ray revealed a shadowy mass in Baxter's lung, and he was told it was probably lung cancer. To get a better sense of his condition, doctors slid a camera down his throat in a procedure called a bronchoscopy.
That's when Baxter's routine case took a strange turn. “The doctor went in with the camera to start with, and he says ‘I can see something,’" Baxter told the BBC. Paul was scheduled to come back later to remove the mystery object from his airway.
But when the doctor pulled it out, everyone in the room started laughing...