A man has had a coin removed from his nose after more than 50 years.

A coin

A coin

The 59-year-old Russian man shoved the money up his nose when he was six but was "too scared" to tell his "strict" mother about the incident and soon forgot about it.

However, he was recently left unable to breathe through his right nostril and a scan revealed that the coin had caused a blockage in his nasal passage.

Rhinolithis - stones in the naval cavity - had formed around the coin but surgeons were able to remove the stones and the coin under general anaesthetic.

Surgeon Elena Nepryakhina said: "We operated on Friday and he was discharged on Monday.

"He has regained full nasal breathing."