Watch The Eerie Moment Doctors Remove A LIVE Cockroach From This Woman's Head
Earlier this week, a domestic helper in Chennai, India, woke up in the middle of the night feeling a "tingling, crawling sensation" in her right nostril which quickly became a "burning" feeling in her head
While she knew that the pain in her head wasn't normal, she had no clue what it was.
Woke and in pain, she spent the rest of the night in discomfort.
In the morning, she visited a clinic in Injambakkam, the south of Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where her nose was flushed and she was sent home.
But when the "tingling, crawling sensation" didn't subside, she was referred to a second hospital, where doctors suspected she might be suffering from a nasal growth.
At a third hospital, doctors recommended a scan, and told her the discomfort may be coming from "a foreign body that seemed to be mobile," the Times of India reported.
Finally, in her fourth visit at Stanley Medical College Hospital, baffled doctors used an endoscope to find the culprit: a blob with a pair of antennae sitting in the skull base between the woman's eyes
The doctor who conducted the endoscopy to determine the source of her pain said that at first, he didn't see anything, and then he did - the legs of some kind of creature.
"We didn't know what it was," M.N. Shankar, professor and head of the Ear, Nose, Throat Department at Stanley Medical College, told CNN. "We didn't know whether it was a wasp, or some other insect. Slowly, we had to pull it out."
"It was a full grown cockroach," Professor M.N. Shankar told the media. "It was alive. And it didn't seem to want to come out."
The process took 45 minutes and "a combination of suction and forceps" to finally remove the living nightmare from the woman's skull.
According to another doctor, Dr. S. Muthuchitra, who was part of the "rescue team" that removed the live cockroach, told the Times of India that while he's seen a lot of bizarre things go up nasal cavities, he has never seen anything like this.
"Not a cockroach," said Muthuchitra, "especially not one this large."
Doctors said had the woman ignored the tingling sensation, the insect would have died, causing an infection close to her brain. The 1-inch-long live cockroach was stuck inside her head for 12 hours.
Not a first case of its kind, though. Back in January 2014, a man in Australia had a 2cm long cockroach removed from his ear