Utterly disgusting: It’s a matter of national pride

Not to be outdone by the Hong Kong woman who had a leech extracted from her nostril earlier this month, a Thai man had 50 maggots extracted from his ear (read below). Top that, Hong Kong! In yo’ face!!

Doctors remove 50 maggots from Thai man’s ears
Wed Apr 27, 2005 03:11 AM ET

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Doctors found around 50 maggots in the ears of an 84-year-old Thai man after he went to hospital complaining of an itch.
Wednesday’s Nation newspaper said Anan Temtan, who lives in the tsunami-hit southern resort island of Phuket, had used cotton buds to relieve the itching, but had scratched so hard his eardrums ruptured and started bleeding.

“We believe flies might have gone inside his ears to lay eggs, which hatched into larvae and caused the itching,” said Somsak Nonthasri, the doctor who treated him.

Somsak, who used tweezers and a small suction device to remove the maggots, said Anan would be kept in for observation for a while to make sure no more eggs hatched.

8 Comments so far

  1. him (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 5:16 pm

    1, yes. 2, yes. 3 possibly. 4, hmm… but 50? FIFTY!?!?

  2. Ben Harris (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 5:46 pm

    It’s certainly a new concept for maggot farms – “take it everywhere with you!”

  3. Bonifide (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 3:48 pm

    Uh… Yum.

  4. him (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 9:55 pm

    How can you have FIFTY maggots in your bleedin’ ear and not notice, or at least not notice more than just an itch?

    I once had an ant in my ear when I was kid, and BOY did I notice that.

  5. Bonifide (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 10:47 pm

    Cause he’s Thai… :P and I’m sure he’s not very wealthy either, so he’s used to adverse living conditions.

  6. Ben Harris (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 1:13 am

    Like having a leech wedged in your throat, or 50 maggots living in your ear, so are the days of some old Thai guys lives.

  7. lisa mani (unregistered) on May 6th, 2005 @ 9:58 pm

    hahaha…i always love your posts. They’re so amusing =)

  8. pailin (unregistered) on May 9th, 2005 @ 2:05 pm

    eeeewww! I have read the news and it’s too graphic for me…

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