Last year 42-year-old Selvi called her son-in-law with a peculiar complaint. She could feel a feint tickling sensation behind her eyes and nose, and the feeling was becoming increasingly painful. By the time she arrived at hospital the pain had become significant and she told reporters the following,
“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 Stanley hospital after getting the reference of a doctor from my employer.”
When doctors did a nasal endoscopy they discovered the source of the strange tickling sensation.
They found a live cockroach in the woman’s skull.
A. Live. Cockroach.
“It was a full-grown cockroach,” Dr Shankar, the head of ENT at the hospital told the reporters. “It was alive. And it didn’t seem to want to come out.”
You can watch the footage of the doctors retrieving the live cockroach from her skull below. Be warned, it is graphic and super gross. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll watch it like a hawk anyway. The good news is that the doctors successfully removed the cockroach with no permanent negative effects and told Selvi that she was very lucky. If the cockroach had died so near to her brain it could have caused a fatal infection.
The doctor’s advice on how to avoid the problem in the future?
“Consider sleeping with hat on.”