(NY DAILY NEWS) – A Missouri girl who woke up crying about a burning sensation in her left eyeball soon realized a black cedar beetle was the source of her misery.
SibiKaia Monk, 6, complained to her mother Kris that her eye had become irritated during an afternoon bonfire celebrating a family member’s birthday late last month. According to 7 News, the child initially compared the discomfort to a tickling sensation akin to the sort of irritation caused by an eyelash. It wasn’t until 1:30 a.m. that the increasing soreness awoke the child.
Kris looked at her daughter’s eye and saw there was irritation, so she and SibiKaia’s dad, Joseph, drove their daughter to a hospital 20 minutes away. Around 3 a.m., a black beetle, reportedly the size of a kidney bean, fell out of the girl’s eye.
“My reaction, the nurse’s reaction and the doctor’s initial reaction was just this full-body shudder,” Kris said.
According to her, SibiKaia’s first thought was to name the dead bug. “Hello, Todd,” the girl said before coolly walking away.