These images show a live cockroach which was found inside a two-year-old boy’s ear where it was seen ‘chewing’ on his eardrum while living in its new warm, dark home.
Mum-of-two, Ms Liu, said she was woken in the night by her toddler’s cries, and she saw him repeatedly hitting himself on the side of the head.
The mum from Shenzhen City in South China’s Guangdong Province said: “The cockroach bit my son after crawling into his ear. It caused him so much discomfort he started hitting his own ear.
“I took a look and saw an insect, but I thought it was a mosquito. I tried to remove it using an earpick, but I could only see its legs.
“I only knew it was a cockroach when the doctors told me.”
ENT specialist Chou Shuyao, with Southern Medical University Shenzhen Hengsheng Hospital, said he found the insect inside the boy’s left ear canal, crawling on his eardrum.
The medic said: “The cockroach was on the boy’s eardrum, moving around and biting it. There was visible blood.
“Cockroaches have claws which can easily damage the eardrum and cause infections.”
Doctor Chou removed the cockroach measuring 6 millimetres long using a pair of tweezers.
It was still alive, the medic said, noting that it had likely crawled into the boy’s ear because it was dark and warm.
The boy was not seriously injured and he was sent home with his parents the same night.
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