A six-year-old American boy can breathe easy again after a tiny rubber wheel was discovered deep inside his sinus, where it had been wedged for three years without him realising.
Isaak Lasson of Utah was playing with Lego building blocks around three years ago when a tiny rubber tyre somehow entered his nose and became lodged there — at least that's what his parents believe based on when he began to suffer sinus problems, KSL reports.
His father Craig said he felt "so bad" about his son's mysterious condition that caused him to snore like an old man.
"He was sleeping with his mouth open, trying to breathe," he said.
The family consulted a number of doctors over the years but Isaak never seemed to improve until last July when a doctor observed that he may have had a foreign object stuck up his nose.
Isaak told the doctor he had put some spaghetti up his nose years earlier.
An ears nose and throat specialist examined Isaak and using a miniature camera and was able to locate a large ball of fungus that had developed around the flexible Lego tyre.
"I asked him, ‘Dude, how did that even get in there?'" Mr Lasson said.
"We think he bent it in half — it's pretty flexible — and that it opened up once it got into his sinuses."
His father said Isaak's sleeping was back to normal and his appetite had improved since the tyre's removal.
"Isaak thinks it's pretty cool," Mr Lasson said.
Author: Martin Zavan. Approving editor: FIona Willan.