Did you hear about the woman with the worm in her face?
What about the brain-eating amoeba? And the one guy that took ‘coughing up a lung’ to literal levels?
No, they aren’t the plotlines of straight-to-TV movies. They’re actually the strangest health stories we’ve come across from the past 12 months:
A worm in a woman’s face
What’s worse than finding half a worm in your apple? How about discovering a living worm squirming in your face, like this 32-year-old woman did.
She didn’t think much of the bump underneath her eye, until it moved above her eye a few days later. Ten days after that, the bump was in her upper lip. Two weeks later, she visited a doctor, where the physician identified it was a living parasite that typically infects animals. Thankfully, the doctor surgically removed the long, thin worm known as Dirofilaria repens.
The brain-eating amoeba
A 69-year-old woman was admitted into a Seattle hospital after suffering a seizure. The doctors initially thought it was tumor, but it turned out to be far worse – a rare, brain-feasting amoeba that was literally eating alive.
How did she contract the infection? From using non-sterile water in a neti-pot almost a year prior. Needless to say, always use distilled water when rinsing those naval cavities.
Coughing up a lung
Giving real meaning to coughing up a lung, a 36-year-old man who was admitted to the ICU with chronic heart failure coughed up a tree-like blot clot that perfectly mirrored his right bronchial tree. He regularly coughed up blood and mucus throughout his stay, until passing a week later from heart failure complications.