6 doctors reveal the most bizarre things they’ve pulled out from their patients

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Doctors walk through hospital hallways saving one life after the other and also witness some of the most unusual occurrences. Illustration by JL JAVIER

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) What happens in the ER, stays in the ER.

Although doctors walk through hospital hallways saving one life after the other, they also bear witness to some of the most unusual occurrences. From just their daily grind in the emergency rooms, to the day-in, day-out interaction with their patients, doctors have not only proven to solve illnesses, but also to rescue us from downright bad luck and bad decisions.

Six doctors have chosen to share some of the most bizarre things they’ve encountered during their medical journey and how they were able to solve it.


“The patient was walking home after a long day when all of a sudden he felt something flapping near his ear. Turns out, two flying ipis were 'fighting' or happened to fly across him. One flew away while the other flew into his ear. This was literally out of nowhere.

Then, it just stayed there. They cannot crawl back so the ipis just kept moving forward. He went to the ER immediately. We had to extract it immediately or else it would’ve tried to scratch and claw its way deeper, even through the eardrum.”

“A bit hazy na in my memory, but I remember a case of a patient who claims to be having difficulty pooping so he reportedly tried to stand up and use his finger to relieve the pressure, but he said that his legs gave way in the process and suddenly fell butt first on a shampoo bottle.” 

— Dex Galban, Medical Clerk, Ateneo School of Medicine & Public Health

“We do see insects in ears. Some of them are still alive so they cause a lot of distress to the patient.”

 — Anonymous

“There was a four-year-old girl that had a sampalok seed in her nose for months. The mom noticed that it already had a foul smell but decided not to go to a doctor until the nose started to bleed. Another one is a little girl who inserted a battery in her nose. The removal should’ve been done in the operating room but because they lacked funds, I did it in the clinic. We used verbal anesthesia. The girl was shouting Dora's (the Explorer) name all throughout.”

— Dr. Chilen Licaunan-Lodronio, ENT head and neck surgeon at Unihealth Parañaque, Las Piñas Doctors Hospital and UERM

“We were doing a colonoscopy procedure on a 70- to 80-year-old woman with bloody stools to assess if there are masses present in the intestine since the CT scan findings indicate considering a mass. Expecting a tumor or a mass, we were surprised to see a huge moving ball, coiling and wriggling around itself, its face greeting the camera of the scope. It turned out to be a huge roundworm living in the intestines of the patient. It looked like big udon noodles.”

— Via Roderos, Medical Clerk, Ateneo School of Medicine & Public Health

“If there's anything 'weird' that I have encountered since I started practicing medicine, I could only recall exorcism by a priest at the medical ward on a patient who's having delirium due to systemic infection, but is deemed by her family as possessed.”

— Anonymous

“Well some of my more interesting stories would be a six-year-old boy coming in because he swallowed the letter O magnet from his ref. His mom was doing chores and noticed the O was missing so when she looked at her son, he pointed to his mouth. They gave him a banana and rushed him to the ER. At least when he got to the ER, the magnet was already in his tummy so all that was left was for him to poop it out.”

Kristina de la Paz, Medical Clerk, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health