Doctors remove cockroach from man’s ear after three days

By Sara Spary | CNN

When Zane Wedding, 40, went swimming last week, he left with more than he bargained for – a cockroach, which burrowed into his left ear and stayed there for three days.

Wedding, who is Maori and works for Greenpeace, had been swimming in his local pool in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday when, unbeknownst to him, the creature had slipped into his ear.

The moment he got home, he felt like his ear was clogged.

“I used a few drops to clean it up and fell asleep on the couch later that night,” he told CNN on Thursday.

“When I woke up in the morning and it was still blocked, I went straight to the doctor. I was waiting for the doctor [surgery] to open up, it was so infuriating,” he said.

At first, the doctor thought he might have clogged water, so he advised him to go home and use a hair dryer to dry it up.

But Wedding knew something was wrong.

“I left the doctor without any relief. I spent most of the weekend lying on my side or jamming a hair dryer in my ear. When I had to walk, I instantly felt dizzy. When I lay down, I could hear the water moving around my eardrum,” he said.

“Over the weekend I tried everything I could to relieve myself – ear candles, hopping on one leg, chewing gum, went for a run – anything I could think of. [to] sort out your ear.

“A cockroach that moves in my head”

On Sunday evening, the tremor suddenly stopped but the ear was still blocked, so Wedding made an appointment to see an ear, nose and throat specialist on Monday.

As soon as the doctor looked inside her ear, according to Wedding, she said, “Oh my god, I think you have a bug in your ear.”

“At that moment I realized that every movement I had felt over the weekend was the cockroach moving in my ear. I immediately thought that I had just pumped air hot in my head and cooking a cockroach in my ear canal all weekend. It made me sick,” he said.

The doctor extracted the dead cockroach in a procedure that took less than five minutes.

“Every time she touched it, I imagined her just squashing a cockroach in my eardrum, so I wasn’t the perfect patient. It was an instant relief… I felt a pop as soon as the doctor removed it,” he said.

“Once I knew it was an insect, everything clicked… That’s why the water was moving even when I was still. It was a cockroach moving around in my head.

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