As odd as it would sound, a team of surgeons from an Indian hospital removed a live cockroach which managed to burrow its way inside the woman’s head. Before seeking a doctor’s help, the woman had to live with the squirming cockroach inside her head for at least 12 hours. During the cockroach’s tenancy, the woman experienced extreme pain and a burning sensation between her eyes.
A 43-year-old woman from India made medical history after a team of surgeons from Indian removed a cockroach from her head. According to the woman’s doctors, the cockroach was still alive and kicking when they try to remove it. Moreover, it would also seem that the roach liked his new home so much that the doctors had trouble removing him using conventional procedures.
The woman, identified only as 43-year-old Selvi from Chennai, declared that on Tuesday, around midnight, she felt something resembling an insect crawling inside her nose. Selvi said that she tried to blow her nose as hard as possible in order to force out the cockroach, but the insect refused to get out.
Later that night, the woman said she experience extreme pains, and a burning sensation behind her eyes, as the cockroach shifted its position. The woman had to wait more than 12 hours before being able to get help.
Selvi declared that as soon as she could, she called her son-in-law and asked him to take her to the local hospital, as her pain grew in intensity.
Doctor M.N. Shankar, the head of the Eye, Neck, and Throat Department of the hospital where Selvi was admitted declared that he has been practicing medicine for at least three decades and that he has never seen something like this.
Shankar said that it’s now uncommon for an insect to crawls inside the ear canal or the nostril, but it’s very unlikely for it to enter the patient’s head. Using an endoscopic probe, the doctors determined that the cockroach crawled up the woman’s nose, and attached itself to the soft tissue behind the woman’s eyes.
It took considerable effort to remove the cockroach, as the insect refused to vacate the woman’s head even when the doctors used a powerful vacuum suction device. According to Shankar, it took a combination of forceps and suction in order to remove the bug from the woman’s head.
Moreover, the head of the ENT Department said that the woman was fortunate she sought medical help on time. Should the cockroach died inside her head, the woman might have developed a severe and possibly life-threatening infection.
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