Docs find dandelion plant inside Chinese baby’s ear

Doctors in China were stunned to discover a fully blossoming dandelion plant — about two centimetres long — growing inside a 16-month-old girl's ear canal.

The baby, identified as Ranran, had reportedly been suffering from a painful ear infection for over four months before a successful surgery to remove the plant was performed on November 25.

A dandelion seed which had sprouted and had been growing in the baby's ear was removed by doctors who said the roots had embedded themselves in the toddler's ear canal, Beijing Morning Post reported.

The parents of the girl, from the Tongzhou District in Beijing, went to see a doctor at the Capital Institute of Pediatrics.

The parents said that a seed had fallen into the left ear of their daughter, but that they did not pay too much attention to it until recently, when the girl started scratching the ear.

According to the shanghaidaily.com website, it took doctors about 10 minutes to remove the partly flowered plant with the help of several assistants.

Doctors said the dandelion seed was tenacious and not easy to remove.

The plant, had it been left untreated, could have posed serious health problems and even grown into the brain stem.

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