Rochelle Harris, 27, of Great Britain, developed excruciating headaches, face pain, and started hearing scratching sounds in her head upon returning from a trip to Peru. When she woke up to a pillow soaked with ear fluid, she went to the doctor, thinking she maybe had a minor ear infection. Turns out, a New World Army Screw Worm fly had laid eggs in her ear and the maggots were burrowing their way into ear canal. From the Daily Mail: “She said: ‘My Mum asked the doctor “Can you see what it is?” and she said “If you don’t mind I’d prefer to speak to the registrar before I tell you anything”. ‘My Mum said “Please tell us” and that’s when the doctor said “You’ve got maggots in your ear”. I burst into tears instantly.’ Doctors tried to get the maggots out but the more medics delved into her ear, the more the larvae retreated into Rochelle’s head. ‘I was very scared – I wondered if they were in my brain. I thought to myself “This could be very, very serious.”‘ Doctors ordered an emergency brain scan to find out if any damage had been done by the maggots, as well as to determine how many there were and where they were hiding. There was a risk that they were migrating through her head. If one reached her brain it could cause meningitis, fatal bleeding and if one ate through her facial nerve she might be left facially paralysed. Luckily, the scan showed that no damage had been done to Rochelle’s ear drum, blood vessels or facial nerve. But they did discover that the maggots had chewed a 12mm hole into a ear canal.” To kill the maggots, the doctors flushed her ear with olive oil. When that didn’t work, they sedated her and, using a microscope and speculum, explored her inner ear. They found what they described as a “writhing mass of maggots’. Further examination revealed Rochelle was in fact hosting a family of eight large maggots EATING THEIR WAY THROUGH HER HEAD. Read the whole story here.