Doctors in China have made a disturbing discovery while treating a schoolboy for a sore throat.
Xiabo Chien’s mother took her son to see a doctor in Sichuan Provence after he complained of feeling dizzy.
When the 11-year-old was examined, a seven centimeter leech was found lodged in his respiratory tract.
Xiabo had unknowingly swallowed the parasite while drinking from a bucket of water on the side of the road several weeks earlier.
His mother Xiang Tung said she was shocked when she found out why he was sick.
“At first we thought he had flu as he said he was felling dizzy and had a sore throat,’ she told CEN.
“He hadn’t told us about the water-drinking so it never occurred to us that he may have picked up something.”
The leech was successful removed by doctors and Xiabo has since made a full recovery.
“I won’t be drinking water from a bucket again!” he said.