Beautician, 20, didn’t realise she had a ring stuck up her nose for 12 years until she sneezed it out
- Abigail Thompson, 20, discovered the ring in her snot following a sneezing fit
- Ms Thompson, from West Yorkshire, lost ring shortly after her eighth birthday
- Dr Naveen Cavale, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Real Plastic Surgery, explained that incidents such are quite common
A beautician has been reunited with the ring she lost 12 years ago after sneezing the item of jewellery out into a tissue.
Abigail Thompson, 20, a beauty therapist from West Yorkshire, discovered the gold ring glistening in her snot after experiencing a sneezing fit.
Ms Thompson lost the ring, which was a present from her mother, in 2007 shortly after her eighth birthday and had long held the belief that it had been stolen by one of her friends.
Abigail Thompson, 20, a beauty therapist from West Yorkshire, discovered the item of jewellery after having a particularly strong sneezing fit.
Ms Thompson lost the ring in 2007 and had always assumed that it had been stolen by one of her friends
She said: ‘My mum had bought it for me as a present that year and it was a few months after that I noticed it had gone missing.
‘I never ever in a million years would have guessed it had got stuck up my nose.
‘I always had a few friends over, we always would sit on my bed and she thought one of them must have just taken it when they were over at my house.
‘Mum thought one of them must have stolen it.
‘There was no other explanation as to where it could have gone.’
Ms Thompson expressed the shock she felt when the gold ring finally came flying out of her nose during a particularly strong sneezing fit.
She said: ‘Well it was just a normal day, I was sat on my sofa and I started sneezing loads and then I looked in the tissue and I was like ‘What the hell is that?’
‘I felt a sharp feeling but I didn’t think of it until I looked in the tissue.
‘Then I looked at it and I went: ‘Oh My God, that’s the ring!’
According to Ms Thompson, she had not felt the ring as it lay inside her nose for all these years.
She joked: ‘I never had a clue that it was up there. I never felt it.
‘I had no problems with breathing growing up, nothing has changed since it has come out either.
Ms Thompson felt an initial sharp pain when the ring flew out but it was only when she took a glance at the tissue that she made the startling discovery
A picture of what the original ring would have looked like when Ms Thompson’s mother bought it for her daughter
‘It’s gone very rusty but the diamond is still in it.
‘You can’t see it because of where it has rusted over.’
Dr Naveen Cavale, the Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Real Plastic Surgery, explained that incidents like such as Ms Thompson’s are quite common.
He said: ‘It doesn’t surprise me, it is an unusual story, but kids have beads and toys stuck up their nose all the time.
‘It is possible that it was just wedged in and as she has grown up, the space in which it was wedged in would have got bigger and it was able to riggle loose and come out.
‘It has probably being wedged at the back of the nose between two hard boney bits and they kept it in place.’
‘You don’t often feel these things stuck at the back as a lot of the parts of the nose to the back, don’t have sensation.
‘A metal ring is no different to metal screws that we put in all around the body including the face after surgery to fix broken bones and they stay in there for life.
‘Sometimes they get dislodged and they work their way out of the body years later, which means it definitely is plausible.’