Noises in woman's head were from flesh-eating maggots

Noises in woman's head were from flesh-eating maggots

First posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 09:55 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 06:08 PM EDT
LONDON - A British woman returned from a holiday in Peru hearing scratching noises inside her head to be told she was being attacked by flesh-eating maggots living inside her ear.
Rochelle Harris, 27, said she remembered dislodging a fly from her ear while in Peru but thought nothing more of it until she started getting headaches and pains down one side of her face and woke up in Britain one morning with liquid on her pillow.
Thinking she had a routine ear infection caused by a mosquito bite, she sought medical treatment at the Royal Derby Hospital in northern England, where a consultant noticed maggots in a small hole in her ear-canal.
"I was very scared. Were they in my brain?" said Harris, recounting her ordeal in a new Discovery Channel documentary series called "Bugs, Bites and Parasites" to be aired in the UK from July 21.
Doctors tried first to flush the maggots out of the ear using olive oil.
"It was the longest few hours that I have ever had to wait... I could still feel them and hear them and knowing what those scratching sounds were, and knowing what that wriggling feeling was, that just made it all the worse," she said.
When flushing the maggots out failed, the medics resorted to surgery and found a "writhing mass of maggots" within her ear, raising concern they could eat into her brain.
The surgery removed a family of eight maggots. Analysis found that a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs inside Harris's ear.
"I'm not so squeamish around those kinds of bugs now. How can I be? They've been in my ear!" Harris said.
A New World screwworm maggot. (Photo courtesy US Agriculture Department, John Kucharski)

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oh, oh, oh, oh, OMFG
Eeeeweh! Gross...........totally gross.
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I debated about opening this thread, but yeah, I haaaaaaaaaaaaaad to check it out... I might have to spray my eyes with Raid.
Maybe shoot up some ddt. o_0
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1eh View Post

Maybe shoot up some ddt. o_0

yeah, I like that idea :P
L Gilbert
Flushing with oil? Odd idea. Larvae of most kinds don't like salt water.
Last edited by L Gilbert; Jul 19th, 2013 at 07:48 PM..
Thats one of the most gross things I have read in a very long time. The stomach turns!
UGH GROSS!! Poor lady, I'd have nightmares after that...

That's as bad as these little creatures, that swim up your pee hole and get stuck with barbs.. they are attracted to the warm urine

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