Sea Snail Hatches From OC Boy’s Knee: How Did 4-Year-Old Paul Franklin End Up With A Small Mollusk In His Leg?

By Philip Ross on August 15, 2013 5:29 PM EDT

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A sea snail popped out from an OC boy’s knee three weeks after he fell at the beach. (Photo: Flickr/jenorton)

A sea snail hatched from an Orange County boy's knee, three weeks after the kid and his family took a trip to the beach. The small mollusk apparently hitched a ride inside 4-year-old Paul Franklin's leg, and ended up emerging weeks later. How did the tiny mollusk end up underneath Franklin's skin?

The Daily Mail reports that Franklin and his family, who are from Aliso Viejo in Orange County, Calif., were visiting Spooner's Cove near San Luis Obispo when Franklin happened to fall and scrape his knee.

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"It was just a little owie," Paul Franklin's mother, Rachael Franklin, told the Orange County Register. "But one that kept seeping and never quite scabbed up."

Like all good mothers do, Rachael Franklin gave her son's knee some TLC, cleaning the small wound and bandaging it up.

She didn't think anything else of it until a week later when Paul fell while ice skating and the cut re-opened. The knee became swollen, red and hot to the touch, much like the skin feels when there's an infection.

Rachael Franklin took her son to the doctor, who said the young boy might have a staph infection. According to the Daily Mail, the doctor prescribed Paul Franklin an antibiotic.

Days later, Paul's mother noticed that her son's wound needed to be drained as it had filled with black puss. But when she squeezed it, something strange emerged that looked like a small, black rock.

Upon further investigation, Rachael noticed that the small rock wasn't a rock at all -- it was a small, black sea snail. And, it was still alive.

Paul's parents think their son probably fell on a nest of snail's eggs at the beach, and that's how one of the eggs got lodged in his knee.

Paul has since named the sea snail that hatched from his leg Turbo.

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