A patient with ear pain went to a doctor only to discover that a gecko, alive and moving, is living in its ear. Fortunately, physician Varanya Nganthavee, 25, from Thailand responded immediately.
Nganthavee was working her first ever shift at a Bangkok hospital, examining a patient with ear pain. However, she discovered a surreal case: a live gecko was wriggling around the patient’s ear. It was found out that the juvenile small house gecko is commonly known as jing-jok in Thailand. This tiny gecko, which grows up to about 4 inches (10 cm) long, is light brown but can change colors to various shades. Their skin is thin and pretty smooth and at the same time, they make quite a loud and unique clicking sound.
Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group, reported that the young doctor immediately treated the patient’s ear. She used anesthetic drops before a nurse was able to extract the little lizard using tweezers. The gecko was believed to be living inside the patient’s head for a full two days. After it was successfully removed, Dr. Nganthavee took the patient to a specialist ear, nose and throat doctor the following day because she is concerned that parts of the gecko tail are still on her ear.
Until now, the doctors are baffled how the gecko survived in the patient’s ear for two days. They are also not sure how it had sneaked into her ear hole in the first place. Fortunately, all went well. Dr. Nganthavee had received some encouraging compliments on how she had dealt with this unexpected situation. In her Facebook account, she wrote, “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.”