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Woman discovers maggots living in her ear

Published On: Jul 18 2013 10:55:29 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 08:59:42 AM EDT
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A British woman discovered that the scratching noises she was hearing in her head were actually maggots living inside her ear.

27-year-old Rochelle Harris returned from a vacation in Peru, where she remembers picking a fly out of her ear. She didn't think much of it until she started getting headaches and pains down one side of her face once she returned to England, reports Thomson Reuters.

Harris figured it was a simple ear infection and went to the hospital, but once there, doctors discovered flesh-eating maggots inside a small hole in her ear-canal.

"I was very scared. Were they in my brain?" said Harris, recounting her ordeal in a new Discovery Channel documentary series called "Bugs, Bites and Parasites" to be aired in the UK from July 21.

Doctors resorted to surgery to remove the insects and found a total of eight maggots. Analysis found that a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs inside Harris's ear.