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Noises were maggots in woman’s head

Rochelle Harris was constantly distracted by a scratching noise in her head, until doctors found a family of flesh-eating maggots living in her ear.
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Michael Hiscock, July 20, 2013 11:19:20 AM

There’s nothing like taking a relaxing vacation in a southern country like Peru.

Sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes and flesh-eating maggots.

Rochelle Harris returned from her holiday in South America, but couldn’t figure out why she was suddenly hearing an incessant scratching sound in her head. When she woke up one morning to find liquid on her pillow, and felt pain down one side of her face, Harris decided to see a doctor.

That’s when they found a small hole in her ear canal filled with disgusting maggots.

‘I was very scared. Were they in my brain?’ asked Harris, during the filming of a new Discovery Channel documentary series called “Bugs, Bites and Parasites,” which will be aired in the UK.

Medics resorted to surgery after attempting to flush the parasites out. The operation removed a family of eight maggots, with later analysis determining that a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs in Harris’ ear.

Talk about an authentic souvenir.


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