One man had a coin taken out of his nose after more than half a century – he was “too scared” to tell his mother what he had done.
The 59-year-old Russian was six years old when he stuffed the money into his right nostril.
He chose not to tell his “strict” mother and later “forget” it.
The man recently went to the hospital and complained that he couldn’t breathe at all in his right nostril – and got a scan.
This showed an unexpected blockage in the nasal cavity.
Rhinolites – stones in the nasal cavity – had formed around the coin and were officially worth about a cent at the time.
Medics performed endoscopic surgery under general anesthesia, removing the stones and removing the Soviet kopek coin from his nose after 53 years.
The money was no longer used in Russia after the collapse of the USSR in 1991.
The hammer and sickle emblem was no longer visible on the coin.
Specialized ENT doctor Elena Nepryakhina said: “We had surgery on Friday and he was released on Monday …
“He’s got his full nose breathing again.”