Okay, fair warning, this story is bound to give just about anyone the heebie jeebies. It sounds like a really creepy version of an Edgar Allen Poe or H.P. Lovecraft story. An episode of the Twilight Zone or The Outer Limits. David Cronenberg’s The Fly movie with Jeff Goldblum, or Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. You know that saying about truth being stranger than fiction? Well, this is one for the books.
Selvi, a 42-year old female domestic worker in Injambakkam, a community on the south central coast of India, came into the local hospital, complaining of “a crawling sensation” inside her head. More specifically, a tingling, crawling sensation that caused burning in her eyes.
The doctors who saw the woman reported that she had… A fully grown live cockroach lodged in her skull base, between her eyes and close to her brain. They believe that while the woman slept Monday night, the insect made its way up her nostril and just kept going. And while the cockroach they extracted from Selvi was the largest, it was far from the first intracranial insect extraction they’ve done. Apparently, a lot of bugs use the nasal cavity as a hiding place. There’s something that’ll keep you up nights.
And while they did eventually extract the bug from her brain, it took A WHILE. The cockroach didn’t want to leave and it took doctors 45 minutes to drag it out of the same place it crawled in, using suction and forceps – the medical version of needle-nose pliers. And they said had they not removed the insect, its dead body could have caused an infection in her brain. Yeah, we can’t wait to see this one on the next episode of Grey’s Anatomy or Code Black.
But before you go buying a full face mask to sleep in, it is rather rare for bugs to crawl into any human body orifice, at least in the United States. And being in fear constantly is no way to live. Here at Good News Pest Solutions, we are all about eliminating fear. If you’re worried about cockroaches or any other infestations around your home, we encourage you to contact us to find out about all of the green, family-safe, organic pest solutions we offer at Good News.
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