Noise in woman’s head turns out to be maggots eating her brain

A British woman returned from a trip to Peru hearing scratching noises inside her head. Thinking she had an ear infection, she went to the hospital, where a consultant found something much worse: Maggots were digging through a small hole in her ear-canal, eating her flesh.

“I was very scared,” said Rochelle Harris, “Were they in my brain?”

Probably, Mrs. Harris. The maggots have you now.

Before she got her ear checked, she had more than a few clues that there was something more serious than an ear infection happening. During her trip, she remembered dislodging a fly from her ear. She was also getting regular headaches and pains on one side of her face, and she’d occasionally wake up with her pillow wet from a liquid that leaked from her ear.

The doctors first attempted to flush out the maggots with olive oil. After that failed, they resorted to surgery, removing a total of eight maggots from her head. Harris explains,

“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.”

That’s just something a human whose brain is now controlled by writhing maggots would say.

H/t NBC News