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  • Rochelle Harris, 27, went on holiday to Peru with her boyfriend this year
  • On the flight back she developed excruciating headaches, face pain, started hearing noises in her head and fluid then leaked from her ear
  • Went to A&E where doctors thought she had a minor ear infection
  • But closer inspection revealed a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs in her ear which had burrowed 12mm into ear canal
  • Luckily they had not spread to brain or near any major blood vessels
  • Surgeons removed the flesh-eating creatures and Rochelle made a full recovery

 

A woman has spoken of her terror at discovering that she harboured flesh-eating maggots inside her ear.

When Rochelle Harris, 27, from Derby, returned from the holiday of a lifetime in Peru, she thought little of the headaches that she had started to develop on the flight back to the UK.

But within hours she had developed excruciating shooting pains down one side of her face and had started to hear strange scratching sounds in her head. The next morning she woke to a pillow soaked with fluid from her ear.

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Rochelle Harris has been on holiday in Peru with her boyfriend (pictured) when she walked through a swarm of flies. On the flight back to the UK she developed head pains and started to hear unusual sounds inside her headRochelle Harris has been on holiday in Peru with her boyfriend James (pictured) when she walked through a swarm of flies. On the flight back to the UK she developed head pains and started to hear unusual sounds inside her head

Rochelle’s ordeal features in a new Discovery Channel documentary, called ‘Bugs, Bites and Parasites’ that follows the work of specialists who are faced with patients exhibiting a variety of mysterious symptoms – more often than not from people who have travelled abroad.

 

On her arrival back in the UK, Rochelle became increasingly concerned there may be something seriously wrong, so she visited her local Accident and Emergency department at the Royal Derby Hospital.

The New World Army Screw Worm Fly (CGI pictured) laid eggs inside Rochelle's ear whether they hatched and feasted on her flesh.The New World Army Screw Worm Fly (CGI pictured) laid eggs inside Rochelle’s ear where they hatched and feasted on her flesh. They eventually burrowed 12mm into Rochelle’s ear but luckily did not hit her facial nerve, which could have left her face paralysed
As doctors tried to get the maggots out of Rochelle's ear, the further they retreated into her head. Doctors described a 'writhing mass of' of the creaturesAs doctors tried to get the maggots out of Rochelle’s ear, they retreated further into her head. Doctors described discovering a ‘writhing mass’ of the creatures deep inside her ear
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