CHIANG RAI – A surgeon at Chiang Rai’s Prachanukroah Hospital has reportedly removed a cattle leech from the throat of a young Lao boy at the hospital on Tuesday.
A hospital staff member said that a Lao hospital that lacked the necessary equipment to examine the boy, who had a sore throat and was coughing up blood, referred him to the Chiang Rai Prachanukroah Hospital.
Upon checking the boy’s throat with an endoscope Doctors discovered a cattle leech, they used a medical tool to remove the leech and then sent the boy to go home to recuperate.
His uncle, Seub Wongwijit, 32, said the boy had helped his parents catch crabs and oysters in a creek near their Lao village a month ago.
When the boy returned home, he developed an itchy throat. Later on, he coughed up blood, so his parents took him to a hospital in Laos’ Bokeo province. The hospital lacked equipment to diagnose the condition, so it sent the boy to Chiang Rai.