A woman was left in agony with a maggot eating her alive for eight weeks when her “pimple” was misdiagnosed by doctors.
The poor lass, who is on TikTok as @loudladylibrary, describes the horror movie-like moment the worm crawled out of her flesh.
She says: “It felt like I was being stabbed in the back by a hot poker.
“All we saw on my back was a tiny pimple/sore.”
She says she saw her doctor who reckoned she had been bitten by a brown recluse spider and sent her away with antibiotics.
Unfortunately, they did nothing for her symptoms and the pain got more and more intense until one fateful day.
She continues: “The hole grew to the size of a quarter.
“As my husband was changing my dressing, he saw something moving around in the hole.
“I thought it was just dead tissue… Imagine my shock when after eight weeks of agony, a worm crawled out of my sore!”
The “pimple” or “spider bite” turned out to be a hungry botfly fattening itself up by eating the poor woman’s flesh.
Native to the US where the woman is from, the fly is able to hijack mosquitos and deposit eggs on their bodies.
When the mosquito bites a human (or animal) the eggs enter the skin through the wound and then hatch in response to the body heat.
Since the clip was uploaded on September 23, it has been watched more than 180,00 times and thousands of people left comments.
One user said: “THIS IS MY NIGHTMARE! That’s so crazy I’m sorry! I hope you feel better now.”
“My jaw dropped and just kept dropping more and more,” wrote a second.
Someone else said: “I don’t think I’d sleep again if I was a botfly surrogate.”
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