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Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2014

Cockroach removed from man’s ear who tried a vacuum and is happy it wasn’t a spider

Doctors had to surgically remove a 0.8 inch cockroach from a man’s ear after it crawled inside while he was asleep, according to Australian media reports.

Hendrik Helmer told the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corporation that he had unsuccessfully tried to suck out the insect using his vacuum cleaner.

“I was hoping it wasn’t a poisonous spider. I was hoping it didn’t bite me,” he said.

He woke up in the middle of the night with pain in the side of his head. “Later on, when I stood up and it happened it would sort of hunch me over and drop me down to the ground,” Helmer said.

Attempts to flush the insect out failed and were repeated at the hospital where doctors tried olive oil.

After 10 minutes the creature began to die so the doctor pulled it out with forceps.

“Near the 10-minute mark… somewhere about there, he started to stop burrowing but he was still in the throes of death-twitching,” he said.

The roach was 2 centimeters long.

Helmer said his friends were so concerned by his experience that they had started going to bed wearing headphones, Sky News reported.

Photo/Alvesgaspar via wikimedia commons

Photo/Alvesgaspar via wikimedia commons

 

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