Doctors were stunned to find a live worm in the brain of a woman who went to the hospital complaining of forgetfulness and depression.
The 64-year-old woman from New South Wales, Australia, was admitted to a local hospital in late January 2021 after weeks of abdominal pain and diarrhoea, followed by dry cough and night sweats.
By 2022, her symptoms also included forgetfulness and depression, prompting a referral to Canberra hospital. An MRI scan of her brain revealed abnormalities requiring surgery.
During surgery, neurosurgeon Dr Hari Priya Bandi was surprised to find an 8-centimetre-long live worm in her brain and pulled it out.