Paul Baxter: How This Man’s Childhood Came Back To Haunt Him 40 Years Later

A Patient's hand with an IV in a hospital bed covered with a blue blanket

Imagine being told you have a potentially life-threatening disease, only to find out that the mass found on your lung was a toy from your childhood. For Paul Baxter, that was exactly the case.

Troubled by the yellow mucus he was coughing up for over a year, Paul Baxter, an English postman, decided it was finally time to seek medical attention. After undergoing scans and X-rays, doctors were all but certain that the growth detected on Baxter’s lung was cancer-related. Considering Baxter’s 30-year smoking addiction, this diagnosis wasn’t far-fetched. Fortunately, Baxter’s health scare would soon turn into a laughingstock among the medical professionals at Royal Preston Hospital, and even Baxter himself.

As doctors performed further examination to better identify the foreign orange object, the growth revealed itself to be nothing more than a traffic cone from a Playmobil playset.

“Everyone in the room just laughed,” Baxter explained.

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