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Doctors in India Remove a LIVE Cockroach From a Woman’s Skull

If you’re not already squirming from that headline, you’re obviously made of stronger stuff… but I haven’t even laid out the grisly details yet. So you might want to put down your lunch, or make sure you don’t feel tiny little insectoid feet brushing against the back of your neck…

New Indian Express reported that a 42-year-old domestic worker living in Injambakkam, India awakened last week with a painful “tingling, crawling sensation” in her nose and an intense burning in her eyes. The woman — whose name is given only as “Selvi” — asked her son-in-law to take her to a doctor.

Once Selvi received a nasal endoscopy from Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, attending doctors were stunned to discover the tickling sensation was coming from a live cockroach — which had apparently crawled up the woman’s nostril while she was sleeping, and had tunneled into her skull. The insect was found inside the central nasal cavity, directly between the woman’s eyes.

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“This is the first such case I have seen in my three decades of practice,” said Dr. M.N. Shankar, the lead Ear-Nose-Throat specialist at Stanley Hospital. He also added that Selvi was lucky to have reached the hospital while the tiny invader was still alive.

“If left inside, it would have died before long,” Dr. Shankar commented, “and the patient would have developed infection which would have spread to the brain.”