In a bizarre bit of medical miracle, a boy from Cameroon has been saved by an operation that took out dozens of unbelievably long worms from his stomach.
A Fox News report picked up by YEN.com.gh tells the story of a 4-year-old boy from whose stomach surgeons manually removed dozens of worms that had been living in his intestines.
The toddler from Cameroon is said to have grown with a history of stomach pain, vomiting and abdominal distention
He had no history of deworming since birth, although it is a typically common practice in his country.
The Journal of Medical Case Reports stated that the boy was infected with an acute case of ascariasis and noted that: “Ascariasis is the leading helminthic infection worldwide, with its peak prevalence noticed in children aged 2-10 years.
“Although mainly asymptomatic, chronic and heavy infestation could lead to severe complications such as malnutrition, poor physical and cognitive development, as well as intestinal obstruction.”
Upon examination, the boy’s doctors recognised a small bowel obstruction, which prompted them to make a 0.8-inch cut.
Surgeons then removed “bundles of Ascaris lumbricoides worms” manually and “by milking through the stomach.”
According to the US' Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ascariasis infection can occur when hands or fingers that have contaminated dirt on them are put in the mouth, or by consuming vegetables or fruits that have not been carefully cooked, washed or peeled.
Heavy infections cause intestinal blockage and may impair growth in children.
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