reports that according to RedNet
, the woman Ms. Lee, went to the Changsha Central Hospital in Hunan Wednesday. According to Fox News
, a medical photograph of the woman's ear canal revealed "a stocky, hairy, four-eyed arachnid peering out at the camera, much to doctors' and the patient's surprise."
The Huffington Post
reports that according to Xiaoxiang Morning News
, rather than trying to force out the spider with a probing object , Dr Liu Sheng and his colleagues filled Ms. Lee's ear canal with saline. They were afraid that poking an object into the patient's ear could make the spider "instinctively drill its barbs deeper" into her skin. The doctors also remarked it was lucky the patient had not compounded the problem by trying to scratch her itching ears.
Ms. Lee reportedly wept with gratitude when she was told the spider had been removed.
reports Dr Liu Sheng and his colleagues speculated that the spider crawled into Lee's ear while she was sleeping. Shortlist.com
comments that the woman's experience appears to confirm the saying that in a lifetime the average individual may "eat up" to eight spiders while sleeping.
For those who are arachnophobic, this is a shudder-inducing scenario to contemplate.
The photo (see image above
) shows it wasn't just a small spider, but a big one! Ninemsn
reports that University of Florida entomology professor Philip Koehler, said insects crawling into human ears was not just an urban myth. The professor said spiders occasionally crawl into human orifices for shelter and warmth.
The Huffington Post
recalls that recently, a six-year-old Isaak Lasson, carried a piece of lego up his nose for three years, and incredibly, a "vicar... arrived at hospital with a potato stuck up his backside. (...He'd been hanging curtains and fell backwards onto it, OK?)."
Following reports that last July was the hottest in US history, CNN
reports that spiders and other bugs are breeding in greater numbers due to warm weather and drought conditions. Jim Frederick, an entomologist and wildlife ecology expert with the National Pest Management Association, reportedly said: "All insects are cold-blooded, so in extreme heat they develop quicker, which results in more generations popping up now compared to previous summers."