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Doctors remove large cockroach from man’s ear

By Mason White 11:10 AM January 12, 2014
Hendrik Helmer 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man was horrified to learn that a large cockroach was living in his ear, according to hospital officials on Australia.

The two centimeter bug caused agonizing pain, and it took about 10 minutes to kill the insect, Hendrik Helmer, who sought treatment at a hospital, said.

Helmer of Darwin, Karama, said that it all began on Wednesday, when he woke up with a sharp pain in his right ear.

He immediately feared that some kind of insect crept inside his ear while he slept.

He said the pain was unbearable and despite some episodes of relief, it began to worsen.

“I was just hoping that it was not a poisonous spider,” he said.

After using a vacuum cleaner to suck it out, and jets of water from a faucet to flush it out, made the pain only worse.

“What was in my ear did not like it at all,” he said.

As the pain increased, Helmer, who works as a supervisor in a warehouse, woke his roommate to take him to the Royal Darwin Hospital.

Helmer said that the doctor put olive oil down the ear canal, forcing the insect to crawl deeper.

However, it began to die.

“After 10 minutes I felt it dying,” he said.

At that time, the doctor put tweezers in his ear and pulled out the cockroach.

His friends are so frightened by the experience that they began sleeping with headphones or earplugs.