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Doctors Remove Wendy’s Utensil From Patient’s Lung

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Posted By: The Booze at 11:43 am

21 Sep 2009

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.

They pulled the fast-food foreign object from Manley’s left lung during a Sept. 10 surgery. The 50-year-old Wilmington resident said he probably inhaled it while gulping a drink from Wendy’s.

“I like to take big gulps of drink,” the former home remodeler said. “I don’t know of any other ways of it getting in there.”

Why was this case so difficult to crack? How does it take 2 years for doctors to pinpoint a coughing problem to a guy’s lungs? It shouldn’t take the Hardy Boys to figure out that a really painful gulp of soda is out of the ordinary. Goddamn, someone get me a frosty.

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