Sunday, June 05, 2005

Never Sleep Again: Maggots in the Brain

Anyone who's ever seen the movie Alien or even Star Trek II will feel a shiver of horror at the idea of being invaded by some hideous creature who slips into your body and eats you alive. We cling to the comfort that such things don't happen in real life. Well, prepare to scream in horror at this true story...

A woman in Thailand went to the hospital, complaining of pain in her cheek. When the doctors looked in her nose, they found a nest of maggots consuming her nasal cavity. Turns out a fly laid eggs in her nose and they hatched, using her nose as food. When the doctors dug the maggots out, they found they were headed for her brain.

Don't believe it? Sky News even has a picture of the maggots they dug out. The same hospital also reported a case of a man with a sore throat discovering a live leech nesting in his throat. Mental note: never go to Thailand.

3 comments:

Mauricem said...

Jumping Jehosephat. That's freaky. My trembling fingers slowly clicked on the link expecting to see a gory ball of writhing earthworms...turns out they were pretty small. Still, trust me, if I was ever in Thailand, I'd be plugging up every orifice in my body.

Monkey Migraine said...

Okay, maybe I did exaggerate a little bit. But that story made me shiver

glomgold said...

I think I'm going to be sick. I thought maggots only ate decaying flesh!