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Man told by doctor he had 30 minutes to live

November 6, 2015 | Comment icon 15 comments



The hapless patient had become host to an undesirable visitor. Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Mason
When Luis Ortiz went to the doctor with a headache he was confronted with some rather unsettling news.
Having been crippled by what he described as the worst headache of his life, Ortiz, who is from California, went to his local hospital where he was shockingly told that he had a tapeworm larva embedded in his brain and that he only had 30 minutes left to live.

He was immediately admitted for an emergency operation and fortunately, after a bit of effort, surgeons were able to remove the invader from the inside of his head.
Around 1,000 patients in the United States are hospitalized each year with this most unpleasant of afflictions which can occur if a person swallows microscopic eggs found in contaminated water.

Once hatched the tiny larvae can make their way to the brain and block off the circulation.

"It's probably more gratifying to me to be living, because if I would have waited a little bit longer, then I probably wouldn't be here right now," said Ortiz.

Source: BBC News | Comments (15)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by MissJatti 6 years ago
Doesn't America have filter water machines
Comment icon #7 Posted by pallidin 6 years ago
Doesn't America have filter water machines We do, though not all people use them or buy filtered water. Our tap water is chlorinated, which kills all kinds of nasties, but not sure if it kills that. Likely does. The issue here appears to have come from someone who has an intestinal tapeworm, pooped, did not wash their hands thoroughly, and unwittingly transferred the microscopic eggs of said nasties to someone else (who eventually ingested them) in any number of ways.
Comment icon #8 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Wait, he had a half hour to live? It takes longer then that to just wheel you across the hospital to the O.R.. Much less prep the patient and get the O.R. ready with blood and tools. Maybe the half hour was a lowball estimate?
Comment icon #9 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 6 years ago
Wait, he had a half hour to live? It takes longer then that to just wheel you across the hospital to the O.R.. Much less prep the patient and get the O.R. ready with blood and tools. Maybe the half hour was a lowball estimate? yeah, it's strange. the article doesn't actually give much detail about how they removed it. from the one quote, it sounds like he was concious when they did it? which makes me shudder a bit.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Beefers 6 years ago
Doesn't America have filter water machines There are quite a few underdeveloped areas here.
Comment icon #11 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
yeah, it's strange. the article doesn't actually give much detail about how they removed it. from the one quote, it sounds like he was concious when they did it? which makes me shudder a bit. I think they actually do a lot of brain surgeries with the patient awake, so they can tell if they do something monumentally wrong immediately. I'm not sure that if they did, what it is they think they might do to fix it though. Maybe super-glue?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ashotep 6 years ago
Doesn't America have filter water machines I have a well, not filtered and love it but I live in a very rural area. This is a case of not washing hands after bathroom break or someone that served him possibly a salad and not washing their hands.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seaturtlehorsesnake 6 years ago
I think they actually do a lot of brain surgeries with the patient awake, so they can tell if they do something monumentally wrong immediately. I'm not sure that if they did, what it is they think they might do to fix it though. Maybe super-glue? did some reading, and it seems like you're right. i'm still shuddering about it though
Comment icon #14 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
And it is for this reason, among others, that I avoid bodily contact and don't eat pork.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mark One 6 years ago
That entire incident did not take part at Dr Marks Surgery


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