Doctors in the central city of Da Nang said Thursday they had successfully removed a possibly fatal leech from the windpipe of a six-year-old boy after it had lived there for more than one week.
A report on Vietnamnet Wednesday said the leech, which is nearly 4.5 centimeters long, gave Ho Thanh Hai a bad cough and other respiratory difficulties.
His body sometimes turned purple, as well, the news website quoted Da Nang Hospital doctors as saying.
It was believed that the blood-sucking worm entered Hai's body via his nose when he was bathing in a spring near his house in the central province of Quang Ngai more than one week ago.
As his condition did not get better, Hai's family took him to Quang Ngai Hospital, from where he was transferred to Da Nang Hospital.
Da Nang doctors detected the leech after an endoscope examination that lasted more than 30 minutes, Vietnamnet reported.
According to doctors, if the leech had been removed later, Hai would have suffocated.
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