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It all started as a 42-year-old woman named Selvi was sleeping one night. She felt an insect crawling in her nostril and obviously awoke to try to get it out, but it had already crawled too far in, the New India Times reported. The cockroach made its way to the woman's skull, where it sat between her eyes and caused her incredible discomfort. Selvi was quoted as saying that she had to struggle with the pain throughout the night before she could get to the Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai, India in the morning.
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.
So... I'm never going to sleep ever again.
Thankfully, the doctors at the medical center were able to help Selvi to exterminate her creepy-crawly problem. Dr. M. N. Shankar, head of the hospital's ENT department, quickly found the fully grown cockroach at the base of the woman's skull between her eyes after a nasal endoscopy. He and his surgical partner Dr. S. Muthuchitra then got to work trying to get it out. Muthuchitra noted that since the cockroach was actively trying to remain in Selvi's skull, they had to use a combination of suction and forceps to finally remove the not-so-little pest.
The whole removal process was captured on video, which you can watch below. But you should be warned that it is one of the grossest things I've ever seen...
How did a bug so big even get in there!?
The two doctors reported that this case was a first for both of them in their decades of practicing. Although they've both had to remove insects from naval cavities and ear canals before now, Selvi's case was their first time having to grapple with a cockroach, especially one so large. Although it was definitely more difficult to remove the living cockroach, which would scurry away from their forceps, Dr. M. N. Shankar said that it was actually lucky that the cockroach was alive. Had the cockroach died while so close to the patient's brain, it could have spread a nasty infection.
So all's well that ends well, I guess. I'll just be sleeping with my hands over my nose.