1An Inch-Long Cockroach
Hendrik Helmer from Darwin revealed that he was recently forced to seek help from a doctor after a cockroach burrowed into his right ear while he was asleep – and refused to come out.
Mr. Helmer was alerted to the presence of the unwanted tenant by a sharp pain in his ear, which woke him up. The pain rapidly got worse so Mr. Helmer tried to suck out the critter with a vacuum cleaner.
When that failed to work his flatmate decided that it would be best to seek medical help. The doctor's initial strategy, thinking the insect was small, was to put olive oil down the ear, but that only made matters worse. The cockroach simply burrowed further in.
The doctor eventually pulled the cockroach out with forceps and its size astonished them both, because it was an inch long.
2A Live Spider
Doctors used a saline solution to flush the spider out of her ear in order to prevent it from burrowing deeper inside the ear canal or biting her. This procedure was successful, and the woman was said to have burst into tears of gratitude after Dr. Liu Sheng told her the good news.
The spider may have crawled in while she slept in her home during renovations. Photos have surfaced of the spider lodged in the woman's ear canal that show the creature's eyes and front legs.
3Flesh Eating Worms
The first doctor brushed off her condition as an ear infection, but specialists later discovered that the 27-year-old had flesh-eating maggots lodged in her ear. Tests showed that Harris had no damage to her eardrum, blood vessels, or facial nerves, but the worms did chew a 12-millimeter hole in her ear canal.
Harris eventually underwent surgery, during which doctors found a "writhing mass of maggots" in her ear. Some had laid eggs. The eight maggots were larvae of the New World Screwworm Fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax). The fly breeds in wounds on mammals and humans. A female can lay up to 250 eggs, which can hatch within 24 hours.
4A Live Moth
Wade Schlote said the pain from the insect being inside his ear was so intense that he was screaming and crying.
After a few failed attempts to get the moth out by drowning it and irrigating it, doctors finally reached into the boy's ear and pulled it out with tweezers. Wade said that the moth was still alive and started flying around.
5A Watch Battery
6A Live Dandelion
The parents of 16-month-old Ranran took their child to the doctor after seeing something growing inside her ear. What doctors found in Ranran's ear was a”fully-formed dandelion” about 2 cm long, which was completely filling the girl's ear canal.
The removal process only took moments for the stunned doctors; however, doctors said that it was not an easy task since the flower was rather tenacious.
The family of Catherine McCann sued the home for negligence and emotional distress. Her 88-year-old husband John McCann spent his life savings paying for her to be looked after by the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Arlington Heights, Chicago.
Medics treating her believe that a fly crawled into the ear and laid eggs, which hatched into nearly 60 maggots. Experts studying the sample say that the maggots had been in her ear for two or three days before she was brought in.
One maggot was found crawling out of her ear when she entered the ward.
9A Barbie Shoe
Thankfully, surgeons soon discovered that it was actually a pink Barbie shoe! He had stuck it in his ear much earlier and tissue had grown around it over time.