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Woman finds three-inch leech living up her nose

She nicknamed him ‘Mr Curly’.

File photo of a freshwater leech
File photo of a freshwater leech

A BACKPACKER WHO suffered from nosebleeds during a trip to south-east Asia came home to discover she had a three-inch leech living up her nose.

Daniela Liverani nicknamed the animal Mr Curly.

The 24-year-old from Glasgow told the Scottish Daily Record she noticed a lump poking out of her right nostril, but initially thought it was just congealed blood as she had fallen off a motorbike while in Vietnam.

However, she soon noticed something was amiss:

When I was in the shower, he would come right out as far as my bottom lip and I could see him sticking out the bottom of my nose. So when that happened last Thursday, I jumped out of the shower to look really closely in the mirror and I saw ridges on him. That’s when I realised he was an animal.

Liverani went to A&E, where doctors struggled to pull the worm out using tweezers. She told the Mail Online:

It was agony – whenever the doctor grabbed him, I could feel the leech tugging at the inside of my nose.

However,the leech was finally extracted. It turned out to be about three inches long. Liverani told the Record:

At one point, I could feel him up at my eyebrow. I asked the doctor what would’ve happened if I hadn’t gone to hospital and she said he’d probably have worked his way into my brain.

File photo Source: Sarah G...

Many leeches attach to the skin, using three-bladed jaws set at angles to each other. They can be very difficult to detach.

In one 2005 case, a 55-year-old Chinese woman presented to doctors in Hong Kong after three weeks of having a blocked nose. She was found to have a large leech living in her nasal cavity, which had to be removed under local anaesthetic.

As if it couldn’t get any more horrifying, in 2002 a young girl being treated in Malaysia for bleeding was found to have a leech living in her vagina. It had to be flushed out with water.

All three cases are thought to have picked up the leeches while swimming.

More horror: Can you make it through this video of a giant leech sucking down a huge worm?>

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