If you have a weak stomach you may not want to watch this video around dinner time, as it could certainly hurt your appetite.
Earaches are fairly common in young children and often times, they have to undergo several procedures to ensure the problem gets fixed. This usually involves the doctor placing tubes in the child’s ear to ensure there is proper drainage so they don’t get ear infections anymore.
When one young boy complained that he had an earache, his mother took him to the doctor for a visit, hoping to solve the problem with ear drops or tubes, but instead, they discovered something much more disturbing…the doctor found dozens of live maggots in the boy’s ear.
In the video below you can witness the doctor using tweezers to remove the squirming maggots one by one. Miraculously the boy sits perfectly still while this is going on. It’s hard to imagine how it would feel to have such slimy little creatures invading your body. The doctor’s steady hand managed to pull out dozens of the wiggling maggots and they weren’t tiny. It’s hard to believe that those things lived inside the boy’s head and all he got was an earache from them.
Are your ears getting itchy just hearing this story?
These maggots are believed to be the larvae of a bluebottle or blow fly. But how exactly did they make their way into the boy’s ear?
It doesn’t take long for an adult female blow fly to arrive in an opening and lay eggs. Each female deposits about 250 eggs in these openings, typically aiming for open wounds. In this case, the fly just found an opening and made her way in. Within 24 hours, the eggs hatch into first-stage maggots, which feed and then molt into second-stage maggots. These second-stage maggots feed for several hours before they molt into third-stage maggots. At this point, the maggots can produce heat, which has the potential to raise the temperature around them up to more than 10 degrees Celsius. This may have been the point when the boy was experiencing an earache because following this stage the maggots move away from the body and turn into adult flies.
The scary part is that this is not a new thing and according to Aida Abdybekova, Deputy Director of the Kazakhstan Scientific Researching Veterinarian Institute, there have been other cases of people’s ears being a breeding ground for insects.
It would be interesting to find out exactly when the fly laid eggs in this poor boy’s ear and if he remembers feeling anything. Surely he is going to be a bit nervous to be out in nature now, where bugs and spiders have the potential to invade his orifices. While this is a rare case, it is quite frightening to think that creepy crawlies are moving around inside your body. It’s probably best to check yourself and your family members after spending time in the outdoors, however; those pesky flies can always sneak into your home as well.