This blogger has two pet hates or perhaps that should be fears. Needing eye surgery and the thought of a parasite living in her body. This report then is the stuff of nightmares.
An Indian man, 75-year-old PK Krishnamurthy from Mumbai, had suffered eye irritation for some time. It was getting worse and his eye was becoming red and inflamed. Visits to the doctor had resulted in various treatments but no cure.
A further consultation with his Doctor though, which involved a more thorough examination, showed the problem. PK had a live, five inch worm living behind his eye ball.Yuk.
The eye surgery was carried out immediately and the doctor admitted that in the end PK was lucky. Such a parasite could have caused lasting health problems and may have reached the man's brain. The surgery lasted a brief 15 minutes and finally PK's eye problems are over.
The worm may have looked slight but that does not mean that it did not have life threatening potential. The worm has been sent for analysis. PK and the medical team have no idea as yet just how this worm managed to enter the man's body and thrive. PK is now recovering but is said to be well.
Before you all have nightmares though bear in mind such cases are extremely rare. What worries this blogger though is that they are not unknown. Still better to have the correct diagnosis and treatment than the alternative!
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog