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Man has whistle that was stuck in his lungs for 15 years removed

By Mason White 12:01 PM March 10, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A man underwent surgery to remove a whistle from his lungs, doctors in China said.

The man’s ordeal began when he accidentally swallowed a plastic whistle at 9 years old.

The man went to a doctor at the time, but nothing was found. The man reportedly made whistle sounds after falling asleep at night for 15 years, but now, he is finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.

Liu Yougang, 23, had a successful operation to take out the whistle in West China Hospital, on Monday. Yougang complained that he had trouble breathing and he also coughed continuously.

A doctor at West China Hospital examined Yougang and found a strange object surrounded by granulation tissue in his lungs. After half an hour of surgery, the whistle was successfully removed.

Liu can now speak and eat normally, and was recently discharged from the hospital.