An Indian woman experienced some very personal Gothic horror, as medical staff removed a most disturbing intruder from her body.
Let's take this story in stages to fully appreciate its horror. First, the discovery:
The 42-year-old Injambakkam resident had woken up on Tuesday night with an itchy sensation in the nasal cavity. "At first, I thought I was coming down with a cold," said the homemaker. But, the obstacle began to wriggle and she was taken to a private hospital.
Next, the mystery deepens:
Doctors suspected a nasal growth. At a second hospital, a contraption was used to pump it out with water, but failed. At the third hospital, doctors attributed the discomfort to a "foreign body that seemed to be mobile", and recommended a scan.
"a 'foreign body that seemed to be mobile'" is a great phrase, no? Next, the discovery:
On Wednesday morning, Selvi, who was struggling to breathe, was referred to Stanley Medical College and Hospital. Doctors in the ENT department used a endoscope and found the blob had a pair of antennae. "It was a full grown cockroach," said Dr M N Shankar, head of the department. It was in the nasal cavity between the eyes, close to the brain.
"It was alive. And it didn't seem to want to come out," said Dr Shankar.
The tough little bug(ger) survived the process, menacingly: "Muthuchitra... show[ed] the 'invader' on its back in a container, its wings spread and legs moving excitedly."
When medical care turns Gothic, Infocult is there.
(thanks to Thomas Burkdall for the link; photo by brentbristolsr)