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A woman who went to the doctors in Thailand with ear pain discovered to her shock that it was being caused by a lizard living in her ear.
That's a turn-up for the books, isn't it?
Thai physician Varanya Nganthavee was utterly aghast to discover that a tiny gecko had been calling the ear of her patient home for a few days before she attended the Rajavithi Hospital in Bangkok complaining of earache.
Upon inspection, the 25-year-old doctor saw something wriggling about in the woman's ear. Now, even those of us who aren't medical professionals would hear alarm bells wringing at that point.
Grasping the creature with a pair of tweezers she was able to remove the invading reptile while the patient was treated with a local anaesthetic.
She then shared a picture of the gecko, which looks to be relatively unharmed, to Facebook and said: "This was my last case of the day.... I am so confused. How did a huge gecko crawl into a tiny ear hole?"
A fair question, that.
One thing you might have noticed is that the gecko has no tail on it. Now, that was a concern for our young doctor, too.
She thought that somehow during the process the tail might have come off and remained in the patient's ear.
Like a diligent newly graduated medical professional she consulted a specialist ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor to garner a second opinion.
The doctor confirmed that nothing had been left behind and the woman was declared completely lizard-free.
Dr Nganthavee continued: "The doctor confirmed that the ear had been cleared and that no gecko tail remains.
"I'm very happy! The doctor complimented me for doing a good job... I could cry."
Good job, indeed.
This particular type of gecko is very common in Thailand. They're known as Jing Jok, but we'd probably know them a bit better as a common house gecko.
This one was only a baby. Still, how exactly it managed to find the way into this poor woman's ear canal is still unknown.
In fact, the doctors are baffled as to how it could have got in there and stay for two days.
Perhaps it crawled in while she slept? Perhaps she was party to some sort of devious prank from her friends? We'll probably never know.
One things is for certain, it sounds like a pretty unpleasant experience. A bad case of 'a reptile dysfunction' if you will.
I'm so very sorry. I really am.
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