A doctor in India removed a fully grown cockroach out of a 42-year-old woman’s skull. And it was still alive. The woman simply identified as Selvi woke up to “a tingling, crawling sensation,” which she understandably thought didn’t feel right.
She said: I could not explain the feeling but I was sure it was some insect. There was a tingling, crawling sensation. Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes. I spent the entire night in discomfort, sitting up and waiting for dawn to go to [the hospital].
It was essential that the doctors got it out while they could.
The bug was probably making that woman’s head a home for about 12 hours by the time it was evicted. If it had died inside her head, an infection would spread to the brain.
“If left inside, it would have died before long and the patient would have developed an infection which would have spread to the brain,” Dr M N Shankar, head of the hospital’s ear, nose and throat department,said.
The 45-minute surgery operation involved doctors having to “drag” the cockroach to part of the skull where they could then pull it out. To make matters more complicated, the cockroach clung to tissues inside the woman’s head, forcing doctors to use clamps and suction to remove the insect, according to The Times of India.