An Indian woman has had a live 1-inch-long cockroach pulled from her skull after she woke up with a headache.
She had woken up suddenly in the middle of the night with pains in her head which had an itchy, scratchy feel to it.
The 42-year-old woman, who lives in a village outside of Chennai, India decided to visit the hospital, Stanley Medical College. She complained to the doctors of having a severe headache and difficulty in breathing.
A doctor conducted an endoscopy to determine the source of her pain. At first he didn’t see anything. Then he did – the legs of some kind of creature. Woman had live cockroach pulled out of her skull “We didn’t know what it was,” M.N. Shankar, professor and head of the Ear, Nose, Throat Department at Stanley Medical College said. “We didn’t know whether it was a wasp, or some other insect. Slowly, we had to pull it out.” The cockroach was pulled out with the help of suction machines and forceps over the course of 45 minutes. It was about an inch long and still alive. It had been in the woman’s body for about 12 hours. Her respiratory problems immediately ceased.
Watch video procedure of how the cockroach was pulled out: https://youtu.be/Rr8VUWqmlFI
“The cockroach had burrowed into the roof of the nose, almost near the skull base, which is the dividing point between the brain and the nose,” Shankar said. “It was quite unusual.” It was also potentially dangerous.
Shankar said if the cockroach had remained in the woman’s head, it would have likely died. That might have caused an infection which, if it spread through the body, would’ve killed her.
Physicians at the hospital have removed worms and flies from people, but this was the first time anyone remembers pulling out a cockroach. The scariest part of all this? Shankar said there’s really no good way to prevent this from happening. CNN