Mom Horrified By What She Found Living In Her Son's Knee

Rachel Franklin, of Orange County, California, spotted the growth after noticing that her son’s leg had become significantly swollen. The boy, 7-year-old Paul Franklin, was taken to a doctor and diagnosed with staph infection.

Doctor's instructed Rachel not to pop the growth. Yet, it turned black and started oozing pus, so she had no choice. Rachel shared the story of what she found inside the growth on Animal Planet's "Monster Inside Me," which is set to air on the Discovery Channel on Nov. 4.

She said, “I’m peering at this object and it has a strange look about it. I [realized] it wasn't a rock. It has whirls on it. I turn it over and I think - I might have laughed out loud. I said, ‘Paul. This is a snail. It’s a freaking snail.’”

The snail — determined to be a type of sea snail that can adapt to a range of temperatures and waters — was reportedly growing in the tissue above Paul’s knee.

Biologist Dan Riskin said of the snail, which is called a littorina scutulata, “It lives in the harshest intertidal zones and can survive for weeks in a wide variety of temperatures and salt levels. The subcutaneous tissue of the human body mirrors the harsh conditions where sea snails normally survive."

Paul's father, Ken, said Paul fell onto a snail's eggs at the beach.

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