Just in case you were planning on sleeping tonight, reports have surfaced of a 16-year-old teen from Sichuan who, after troubles breathing, found out he had a 4 inch leech living inside of his throat.
Tao Jiayuan’s ordeal began two months ago, when he came down with a “cold” and started to lose his voice. His mother, assuming Jiayuan just “had a frog in his throat,” gave him medicine, but nothing helped.
As his health continued to worsen, he lost weight and grew weak. When he started having trouble breathing, his family brought him to the hospital.
There, doctors discovered a leech slithering around inside Jiayuan’s throat.
The crawly blood-sucker was removed after a short operation last week in Yibin No. 2 Hospital. In the video below you can see it writhing around in a cup of water, and later on paper, seemingly angry that it was disturbed from its succulent home.
Though it is an extreme case, it is possible for leeches to steal their way into the human body, according to Doctor Chen Bing who was in charge of the operation.
“Leeches may exist in human’s nasal cavity or throat,” Dr Chen said.
Leeches usually live in fresh water environments, such as creeks, rice fields and ponds.
“He must have drunk stream water when working in the field,” said Tao Chuanhua, the boy’s father.
Welp, as if there needed to be another reason not to drink stream water straight from the source, now you have four inches more of a reason not to.
These stories of daring worm-type creatures entering human orifices suggests new worthy contenders to the Bug Fights series. We can hear it now:
In this corner, Throat Leech will be facing off against the tag team duo Anus Eel and Urethra Eel!