Ew. Ew. Ew. Doctors recently removed a live five-centimeter leech that was lodged into the windpipe of a seven-year-old girl in Yunnan province whose parents said they often drink water straight from the tap, web portal yunnan.cn reported yesterday.
The girl, from Zhaotong city, was rushed to the Kunming Children’s Hospital on Monday after she’d apparently had difficulty breathing, according to doctors.
The girl had been suffering throat pain for more than two months. “We thought she might have caught a cold,” the girl’s mother told the website, “but never thought it was a leech or it could stay there so long.”
While it’s unclear as to how the leech got stuck in her throat, although her parents admitted that the family usually drinks water straight from the tap.
The girl’s doctor pointed out that as leeches grow larger from sucking blood, she had likely been suffering more and more as time progressed.
Speaking purely from a non-scientific standpoint, the case’s gross factor exceeds that of the girl who had a dandelion stuck in her ear canal but still rests slightly below that of the man who had a live eel stuck up his anus.
Have a good day, goodbye.