Even if you’re not allergic, bees are quite intimidating. After all, a swarm of bees might be very dangerous to humans. Even if you bump into just one, two, or three, I wouldn’t dare you to deal with them. The smartest thing to do is get away from there, as quickly as you can.
But what happens when you don’t? After all, those little “innocent” insects, what harm can they do? Especially when you’re nearby the places bees tend to nest, like graves or in the mountains…
Well, this is the story of He, a 29-year-old Taiwanese woman who decided to give the hospital a visit due to an eye infection, and found out there were four bees living inside her eyes. Four bees… Want to know how this happened?
He is a 29-year-old Taiwanese woman who started feeling a stinging pain in her eye which made her tear up. She also noticed one of her eyes was swollen shut. So she decided it wasn’t anything but normal, and since the pain was practically unbearable, she visited Fooyin University Hospital in Taiwan.
However, in the first review, doctors didn’t find any bacterial infection. Luckily, Dr. Hung Chi-ting, the hospital’s head of ophthalmology, didn’t give up and before sending He home, he decided to give a deeper look. And was amazed to witness something he had never seen before.
Dr. Chi-ting looked her eyes through a microscope and saw an insect leg wiggling from one of the woman’s eyes sockets.
At first, Dr. Chi-ting couldn’t believe what he was looking at. He pulled out this tiny leg moving inside He’s eyes to find out it was the leg from a small bee, also known as a “sweat bee”. And that wasn’t the most amazing fact, the bee was alive.
“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,” stated Dr. Chi-ting.
But Dr. Chi-ting once again followed his guts and started looking further. He extracted a second bee from the woman’s eyelid. And a third. And a fourth…
As it turns out, the bees had nested in He’s eyelid and had been feeding off her tears, as the bees were craving salt. All the bees were successfully removed alive. How did the bees get into her eyes?
The day before, she had participated in the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day. “I was visiting and tidying a relative’s grave with my family,” the woman recently told reporters “I was squatting down and pulling out weeds when I felt something get in my eye”.
In the beginning, she thought it was only dirt, but as we have seen, it was way more complicated than that.
“To my knowledge, this is the first case of a bee or a wasp getting caught in a part of a person’s anatomy, as far as I know,” Dr. Ching-ti said, “I’m sure the sweat bees got by the eye and got squished between the eye and eyelid. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
So keep it safe gals.