By Connor Boyd For Mailonline
Published: 11:58 BST, 5 July 2019 | Updated: 11:58 BST, 5 July 2019
Revolting footage has captured the moment doctors found a blood-sucking leech wriggling around inside a woman's throat.
The 65-year-old, known as Ms Wang, went to her doctor in Guiyang, China, after coughing up blood and complaining of 'something moving' in her throat.
The creature, measuring around 3cm, was found writhing in her windpipe during a bronchoscopy, which involved placing a tiny camera inside her airways.
Doctors found a blood-sucking leech (pictured) wriggling around inside a woman's windpipe
The creature, measuring 3cm, was found writhing inside her trachea after she went to doctors complaining of 'something moving' in her throat
Medics then froze the leech using dry ice and peeled it from the walls of the pensioner's throat
Medics then reportedly froze the leech using dry ice and peeled it from the walls of the pensioner's throat.
Nurses said the creature was clinging tightly to the walls of Ms Wang's trachea and forcefully removing it would have caused injury to the woman.
Dr Yao Hongmei said: 'In similar cases involving leeches in the past, doctors extracted the parasites by freezing them.
'Leeches go into hibernation at low