The woman had woken up with a “crawling sensation” in her right nostril which became a “burning” feeling in her head.
Doctors were astonished when they discovered a live cockroach – inside a woman’s SKULL.
Domestic helper Selvi, 42, was woken up in the middle of the night by a “crawling sensation” in her right nostril which became a “burning” feeling in her head.
Baffled medics used a nasal endoscopy to find the creepy crawly “sitting in the skull base between her eyes”.
They were forced to used clamps and a sucker to get it out, but miraculously the bug was still alive.
Doctors said if Selvi had ignored the scratchy sensation, the insect would have died, causing an infection close to her brain.
Disgusting moment doctors pull a live cockroach out from inside a woman’s skull
Selvi, from Injambakkam, India, who did not want to give her full name, said: “My immediate reaction after feeling that crawling sensation in the right nostril was to brush it off in half sleep.
“But before I could do anything, it went inside. I could not explain the feeling but I was sure it was some insect.
“There was a tingling and crawling sensation. Whenever it moved, it gave me a burning sensation in my eyes.
“I spent the entire night in discomfort, sitting up and waiting for dawn to go to Stanley hospital after getting the reference of a doctor from my employer.”
Selvi and her son went to the nearest clinic after the incident on Tuesday, but claim nobody could find anything wrong.
The next day she went to state-run Stanley Medical College Hospital, in Chennai, where doctors found the live roach.
Dr M N Shankar, head of the ENT department at the hospital, said: “This is the first such case I have seen in my three decades of practice.