A Missouri girl was bugged out by a beetle that recently took shelter in her eye for nine hours. But when the unwanted visitor eventually emerged, she decided it deserved a name: Todd.
When 6-year-old SibiKaia Monk woke up around 1:30 a.m. on April 29, she was crying profusely with a burning sensation in her left eye. She went to her mother, Kris Monk, who noticed a “black thing,” on her daughter’s eyeball. Thinking it may be botfly eggs, Kris, 40, woke up her husband Joseph, 43, and they rushed SibiKaia to the closest hospital in Laclede County, Missouri.
When they arrived, SibiKaia’s eye began producing pus. “By the time we got to the hospital, she was calm and we were talking to the nurse,” says Kris, according to Kennedy News and Media. “Then SibiKaia squeezed her eye shut and when she opened her eye it just slid out. The nurse was like, ‘Oh my God’ and grabbed a tissue, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s a bug.’ ”
The kidney bean-sized black cedar beetle — which had been roaming SibiKaia’s eyeball after becoming lodged beneath her eyelid — had finally died, and her body had successfully rejected it.
The nurse, doctor and Kris all responded with a “full-body shudder,” but the little girl was excited to see what had been hiding in her eyeball and decided to name it Todd.
“SibiKaia asked if she could see it, so I lowered it down to her and she just said ‘Hello, Todd,’ just cool and calm and then she walked away,” says Kris.
The strong-stomached tot even maintained an appetite through the ordeal. “I’m over here trying not to have a panic attack because a bug just came out of my daughter’s face, and she’s just like, ‘Oh look, a bug. Let’s go have ice cream,’ ” Kris says.
The doctor checked the child’s eye and confirmed there was no damage. While relaying this to Kris, an untroubled SibiKaia had begun interacting with hospital staff in the hallway: She was inviting workers to play “I Spy” with her, but had changed the words to “I spy with my buggy eye.”
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