A TikToker appears to capture the moment a flower seed 'popped out' of her cheek after being lodged there for 3 weeks as followers breathe a sigh of relief
A TikToker said weeks ago she felt something lodge in her cheek from a salad with edible flowers.
After the saga went viral, she appeared to capture the moment she expelled it from a salivary gland.
Millions followed along and were thrilled to get closure.
A TikToker who went viral earlier this month for documenting what she said she believed was a plant particle "embedded" in her cheek has a satisfying and shocking update: After three weeks of discomfort — and a doctor visit that came up inconclusive — she said a marigold seed was expelled from a salivary gland.
Alexa Hendricks shared the update with her fans on Thursday, and commenters breathed a sigh of relief. She told Insider the restaurant that served her the salad suspected to be the culprit had vowed to make things right.
Earlier this month, Hendricks captivated millions of viewers when she initially shared her story. The Kentucky influencer was eating a salad with edible flowers at Ruby's restaurant in New York City when she said she felt a sharp particle stab and disappear into her left cheek.
Trips to the dentist and an oral surgeon were inconclusive. One doctor said they believed her cheek was swollen merely because of trauma from the stab.
"I kind of started to believe the doctors and think that there wasn't really anything in there," Hendricks told Insider on Monday. "I went on vacation, and the pain started going down a little bit."
But last week, while driving to Topgolf and snacking on an apple, Hendricks suddenly felt the object again and her jaw started to pinch and lock, she said. She started massaging the area with her fingers and urged her boyfriend to pull over and start filming, she added.
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"I had two fingers on my jaw and pushed it forward a little bit," she told Insider. "I was looking in the mirror to see, and as I opened my mouth, it popped out of that gland."
Hendricks appeared to capture the moment and posted it on TikTok, where it's gained 4.4 million views. (Her initial story time and updates have also accrued millions of views.)
"It's finally over," she said she remembered thinking to herself.
Her concerned followers shared that sentiment.
'You don't understand how satisfying this is for us'
Thousands of commenters told the creator that they, too, were relieved by the update, as if it also happened to them.
"You don't understand how satisfying this is for us," one wrote.
"I can finally rest now," another added.
The next day, though, Hendricks told fans she was still sore, adding, "What if there's more still in there?"
Luckily, she told Insider on Monday she's feeling a lot better and assumed the pain was from "a little bit of trauma from it coming out." She's not experiencing much pain this week, she added.
Hendricks said Ruby's had also reached out to her to try and atone for the incident. (She called the restaurant when she was first investigating the matter but said she had not heard back until last week.)
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She said a manager was "very apologetic" and offered to cover her medical bills, which she accepted. He also apparently offered her a meal on the house and is sending her some merchandise.
Ruby's did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hendricks' saga is a part of a growing trend of corporal medical mysteries on TikTok.
Last month, a woman on the app went viral after saying that she believed a sewing needle was stuck in her foot. While she does not have a conclusion for her mystery, she's kept enthralled followers updated on her healing progress.
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