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This is the moment medics spot a two-inch leech in the windpipe of a man with a sore throat after the creepy crawly spent weeks feasting on the patient’s blood.
The parasite had been inhabiting his trachea and feeding on his blood for at least one month, slowly growing in him ever since the patient took a sip of larvae-infested ditch water in March.
Doctor Rong Rongbin, with Guangnan County People’s Hospital in south-western China’s Yunnan Province, treated 28-year-old Yang, who was identified by his surname, on 9th April.
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“The patient came in complaining of discomfort in his throat, and during an endoscopy I found the leech deep in his trachea near his glottis,” the medic said.
Doctor Rong added: “He would’ve crawl deeper into his trachea if I tried to grab it, so I anaesthetised it first.”
The medic injected 20 millilitres of the numbing agent lignocaine down Yang’s windpipe, causing the parasite to weaken and lose suction.
Doctor Rong then removed the 2-inch leech using a pair of grabbers.
He did not say what he planned to do with the live specimen.
Yang, who revealed he drank the ditch water last month while working a sugar cane field, is expected to make a full recovery.
He said: “I never imagined that a live leech would be taken out of me.”