A man had a coin stolen from 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 when he jammed the money in his right nostril.
He decided not to tell his “strict” mother about it and later forgot about it.
The man recently went to the hospital complaining that he couldn’t breathe at all in his right nostril – and was scanned.
This indicated an unexpected blockage in the nasal passage.
Rhinoliths – stones in the nasal cavity – had formed around the coin, officially worth a cent at the time.
Doctors performed endoscopic operations under general anesthesia, removed the stones and, after 53 years, pulled the Soviet one-Kopek coin out of his nose.
After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the money was no longer used in Russia.
The hammer and sickle emblem was no longer visible on the coin.
The specialized ENT doctor Elena Nepryakhina said: “We operated on Friday and he was discharged on Monday …
“He has regained full nasal breathing.”