Calcutta patient victim of eye-eating ants
Last Updated Tue, 15 Nov 2005 14:47:36 EST
CBC News
A woman who underwent a cornea operation in a hospital in Calcutta has died after giant ants were discovered nibbling on her eye during her recovery.

Indian Health Ministry officials are investigating the gruesome story of Gauri Chakraborty, 55.

Her son said his mother had complained she was in terrible pain after the operation at the state-run hospital. But a nurse told him the pain was normal and left her unattended.

Soumen Chakraborty told the Press Trust of India news agency that when his mother's bandage was removed the next day, they found big black ants nibbling on her eye.

Health Minister Surjya Kanta Mishra has demanded a report from hospital authorities. Hospital superintendent Sukumar Das said a five-member inquiry committee has been set up, PTI reported.