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Noises in her head were flesh-eating maggots

Posted by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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Noises in her head were flesh-eating maggots

July 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM ET

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.

Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters.

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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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Vomits. Vomits again. Dry heaves. Ok, vomit again.
LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM
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And thank you Jesus for not posting pictures!
acrogodess
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Oh, my fucking goodness. That is just vomit inducing.
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catrig
by Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:48 PM
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Excuse me while I vomit.
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quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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I need a shower now.
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM
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NWP!!!  Stop with the bugs already!  lol

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 18, 2013 at 11:02 PM
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Bahahaaaa! At least you were warned by the title. 

Made you look!

Quoting stacymomof2:

NWP!!!  Stop with the bugs already!  lol

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NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jul. 19, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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SyllabaryBisque
by Bronze Member on Jul. 19, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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OMFG, this disturbs me on soooooo many levels...
IhartU
by Gold Member on Jul. 19, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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I want pictures!

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