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Man with bad cough spewed out this 'WRIGGLING CRITTER'

“I then looked a little closer as I could see something brown in it and it was wriggling. "

Bug coughed up by Phil Lyndon

This "wriggling critter" was spewed out by a shocked man - who had been suffering from a bad cough.

Graphic designer Phil Lyndon 52, originally from Ealing, felt the need to hack up what he thought was a "large phlegm ball".

But he was amazed to discover what he coughed up was in fact a 5mm long bug - thought to be a mayfly nymph.

Mr Lyndon, who now lives near the River Brent and could have inhaled it in his sleep told getwestlondon: “I’ve had a bad cough for a little while and went to the doctors last Thursday (May 8).

"He gave me antibiotics and on Friday morning I coughed up what I thought was a big lump of phlegm into the toilet.

“I then looked a little closer as I could see something brown in it and it was wriggling.

"I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and fished it out.

"It had stopped moving by this point and I took a picture of it on my iPad. "When I zoomed into the image I could clearly see that it was a bug."

Phil Lyndon

He went on: “I was alarmed that there might have been something alive inside my lungs and knew instantly that it was not something I could ignore.

“I went straight back to my GP who immediately referred me to the University College London's Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

“I hopped on a tube and went straight there with my referral letter and was seen immediately.

"They x-rayed my chest to check for any infestation which thank god was clear and took a blood test to check if there had been any changes due to the creature.

"Then they took it away to be looked at by a bug expert.”

Mr Lyndon emailed a picture of the ugly critter to British Bugs who said it could be a mayfly nymph.

Mayfly nymph

An expert from the British Bugs website said: “It looks like a mangled mayfly nymph missing most of its legs (and other bits).

"If so, it’s definitely not parasitic or anything of the sort.

“More likely you accidentally ingested it sometime, perhaps while asleep - they’ll be coming out of water to emerge as adults around now, and sometimes end up on people’s ceilings.”

Mr Lyndon added: “I uploaded a picture of the bug to the Northfields Friends Facebook group and have since had over 130 comments from concerned friends, some of whom expressed complete horror at what I had coughed up.

“Some however have seen the funny side and think it’s a shame that the bug was not able to vote on Thursday because he was stuck inside me!”

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