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Doctors find bees feeding on woman's tears

By T.K. Randall
April 11, 2019 · Comment icon 4 comments



If you've ever had something stuck in your eye, spare a thought for this woman. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A young woman in Taiwan who complained of a swollen eye was found to have small bees under her eyelid.
The 29-year-old had visited Fooyin University Hospital in Donggan earlier this week believing that her swollen eye was the result of a simple infection that could be cleared up by taking antibiotics.

When doctors examined her however, they discovered four small bees living under her eyelid.

Fortunately they were able to carefully remove the insects without incident.
"I saw something that looked like insect legs, so I pulled them out under a microscope slowly, and one at a time without damaging their bodies," said Dr Hung Chi-ting.

According to reports, prior to visiting the hospital the woman had been pulling weeds from her family's grave when she felt something go in to her eye. Initially assuming it to be soil, she washed it out after returning home but later started to experience swelling and a sharp pain beneath her eyelid.

The insects were believed to be Halictidae - more commonly known as 'sweat bees'.

Doctors have described the incident as a 'world first'.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 4 years ago
well eye'll bee   (i'm so sorry)
Comment icon #2 Posted by Orphalesion 4 years ago
I think the way the BBC site worded that is a bit counter-intuitive. The bees weren't living inside the woman's eye. They were stuck, if I understand correctly, under her eye lid and removed while still alive.
Comment icon #3 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 4 years ago
yeah, that was my impression from the article too i'm just glad the bees survived
Comment icon #4 Posted by AllPossible 4 years ago
Must of felt like a eyelid tattoo. Can't believe people get those lol


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