Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Worm in the brain

Another story emphasising the importance of washing your hands frequently! Supposedly a worm on dirty hands got inside the body of a woman from Arizona. It then travelled up into her brain where it caused her to have numbness in her right arm and blurred vision. On being operated, surgeons found the worm happily lodged in her brain stem.

I spent time time staring at the photo (check the link) but I still can't see the worm. Some one point the worm out to me!

Doctors in Arizona operated on Rosemary Alvarez after she started feeling numbness in her arm and blurred vision. Ms Alvarez went to the emergency room twice and had an x-ray, but everything appeared normal. It was only when doctors took a closer look at a scan that they discovered something very disturbing.

Neurosurgeon Dr Peter Nakaji said: "Once we saw the MRI we realised this is something not good. It's something down in her brain stem which is as deep in the brain as you can be." Ms Alvarez was taken into the operating room where Dr Nakaji and his colleagues were expecting to remove a tumor.

Experts said worms can come from eating undercooked pork or spread by people who do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, according to reports. "It only takes one person who is spreading it constantly to get a lot of people exposed and some of those people are going to go on to develop this problem," Dr Nakaji said. Ms Alvarez, who is now healthy, said she hopes people learn lessons from her story. "Wash your hands, wash your hands," she said.

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