Stomach-churning footage shows the moment surgeons removed 14 wriggling worms from a woman’s organs.
The woman, known only as Sunita, 38, went to the hospital after suffering from severe abdominal pain that left her unable to stand, as well as suffering from fever, vomiting, and jaundice for six months.
A scan revealed she had more than a dozen live roundworms, measuring between 15cm and 20cm each, in her bile duct.
Surgeons, at Fortis Hospital, New Delhi, removed the creatures endoscopically, without surgery.
The roundworms are thought to have entered Sunita’s guts after eggs got into the food chain via contaminated soil.
‘My pain was so bad I could barely stand’
Speaking after the operation, Sunita said: ‘My pain was so bad I could barely stand. I had lost over 12kg (26lbs) in a month.
‘Thankfully they were able to diagnose my condition.
‘To see 14 worms is extremely rare’
Dr. Arvind Khurana, who led the surgery, added: ‘Sunita underwent an endoscopic procedure. This was a daunting task. All [the] worms were removed using snares and forceps.
‘While it is common to find worms in intestines, it is uncommon for them to be found in the bile duct.
‘India has the highest number of cases related to worms as the deworming medication is not routinely administered. However, to see 14 worms is extremely rare.
‘The patient had taken a second opinion at other hospitals, which had misdiagnosed the condition and prescribed antibiotics for the pain.
He said: ‘Once properly diagnosed, we managed to remove all the roundworms in a single session.
‘Immediately after the removal, the patient was pain-free.’
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