A man in the northern mountain province of Tuyen Quang has had a live leech removed from his nose after bleeding for three days and having difficulty breathing.
Cong, 22, said the difficulties began after he washed his face and drank some water from a stream while working in a field.
The 3cm long leech after being removed from a 22-year-old man's nose in Tuyen Quang Province. Photo credit: VnExpress
At the Tuyen Quang General Hospital, Dr Vu Thi Kim Chi removed a 3cm long leech from his nose.
The man is now normal.
The doctor said it could have been more dangerous if the leech had moved down into his throat.
It is a common occurrence when people drink from streams when working in the field or going into forests, and this habit should be abandoned, she said.
In March doctors at Cho Don Clinic in Bac Kan Province removed 4 leeches from the nose of a three-year-old child. The family said they often use water from a nearby stream.