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It was a horrifying discovery for a Chinese man who went to the doctor with an earache. Doctors discovered a female cockroach and 25 babies were in the man’s right ear.
Mr Li, 19, went to a hospital complaining to doctors in Dongguan, in the southern Chinese region of Guangdog Province, that his right ear was itchy and painful. Dr. Yan Jing of Chang’an Xiaobian Hospital looked in the ear and saw that an insect completely blocked the man’s ear canal. A deeper look revealed 25 baby cockroaches within the canal. Doctors said the female cockroach must have laid eggs within the canal weeks earlier.
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It could have been worse. Doctors said a female cockroach can lay up to 40 eggs. Reports state that the man’s ear would have been completely destroyed if he had waited any later to come to the hospital. Reports don’t state how the patient responded to the news.
This is not the first time such an incident has been reported globally. Australian doctors pulled a cockroach from a man’s ear in 2014. Like the Chinese patient, the Australian man, identified as Hendrik Helmer of Darwin, woke up with pain in his right ear. He also went to the hospital, where doctors discovered the insect.
In the Australian’s case, the patient suspected there might be a creepy crawler in his ear. He was somewhat relieved it was a cockroach.
“I was hoping it was not a poisonous spider,” Helmer told the station. “I was hoping it didn’t bite me.”
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