A 42-year-old woman visited the Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai, India, last week, after she woke up with an "itchy, crawling sensation" in her nasal cavity that was causing a lot of pain.
At first, doctors believed it was a cold or a nasal growth, but after a third hospital visit with the same symptoms, they decided to use a nasal endoscopy to find out what was wrong. The cause of the pain? A large and very much alive cockroach resting on her skull in between her eyes, according to Dr M N Shankar, head of the department.
"It was alive. And it didn't seem to want to come out," Dr Shankar told Times of India. Now they knew what the issue was, they just needed to figure out a way to get the creepy-crawly out before it caused any damage.
When a suction apparatus was used, the insect clung to the nose and refused to move. "We had to use a combination of suction and forceps to finally pull it out," Dr S Muthuchitra said. The process lasted 45 minutes.
Dr Muthuchitra says they've removed everything you can imagine from noses before, but never a cockroach. And somehow, the invader actually survived. Muthuchitra showed it to a reporter "on its back in a container, its wings spread and legs moving excitedly."
But what if it laid eggs?