A Dandelion Was Found Growing In A Little Girl’s Ear And I Will Never Sleep Again

Whelp, there goes me being able to sleep every again. A little girl in Beijing, China was recently taken to the hospital where doctors discovered a fully grown dandelion inside her ear canal. EEEK!

The girl, who is only 16-months-old, was reportedly brought in after complaining about severe ear pain. According to reports from the Beijing Morning Flower, the plant had partially flowered and had grown to nearly 2 centimeters long and had to be surgically removed. The girl’s doctor, Gu Qinglong, claim that the flower had completely filled the ear canal and could have caused serious damage if it hadn’t been found sooner.

I was hoping that this story would be one of those ridiculous rumors you hear on the internet and that it would turn out to be untrue (much like the supposed “man-eating” anaconda photo that keeps resurfacing) but apparently it’s true.


All I have to say to this is NOPE.

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  • phoenix81

    I made the mistake of clicking on the link to the original article and at the bottom it says “More: Woman discovers that headaches are flesh-eating maggots”.


    • http://fairlyoddmedia.com/ Frances Locke

      I almost mentioned that story here, but I had reached my ICK quiotient for the weekend, so NOPE.

    • Kay_Sue

      And for that, we thank you.

  • EmmaFromÉire


  • http://wtfihaveakid.blogspot.ca/ jendra_berri

    Medical crap like this endlessly fascinates me. I’m morbid!

  • Natasha

    Aghhhh!!!! how!? Why?!
    And now I believe my dad when he always used to say ‘wash your ears or you’ll have ‘taters growing in there’

  • Justme

    In a kind-of-but-not-really related story…when I went in for my physical before my freshman year of basketball, I wasn’t hearing real well in my left ear. Upon further inspection, the doctor found that she couldn’t see into my ear canal because there was something blocking it. Out came the tweezers (among other devices) and what did the doctor find? A wax covered rock. In my ear. When I was fourteen years old. To this day, I cannot tell you when, why or how that rock got lodged in my ear. But I can tell you that I could hear a hell of a lot better once it was removed.

  • EX

    I actually think this kind of freak stuff is cool. I don’t think the likelihood of this happening again is too great. Also, it says in the article you linked to that the girl had an ear infection for 4 months before they went to see a specialist. I’m not sure what they were doing before then but I feel fairly confident that my daughter’s pediatrician could accurately diagnose a foreign object in her ear.

    • elle

      Healthcare access in China (especially rural China) is abysmal, expensive, and prepay.I remember reading an article about a little boy who was poisoned and taken to the hospital. the family couldn’t come up with the yen needed and refused to treat the boy who died. I assume you live in the states so your pediatrician could probably diagnose and treat it. Be grateful you live in a country where as long as you have insurance you have pretty good access to healthcare but don’t judge these parents who don’t have that luxury.

    • EX

      I didn’t mean for my response to sound judgemental. I just meant that of all the things I worry about happening to my child a dandelion growing in her ear is not something I am going to lose sleep over (because we are so fortunate). I meant no offense and should have worded it differently.

  • Kay_Sue

    Well I think this is the first time I’ve read a post that has altered my child-cleaning routine. Ear checks for everyone!

  • CrazyLogic


    I just got over my fear of eating watermelon seeds damn it! WHY!?

  • CG

    This kind of sounds like it could be the basis for the plot of a whimsical childrens tale.

  • Maddi Holmes

    There are videos on youtube of people having live bugs removed from their ears. It fuels me.