- Radhika Mandloi, from India, started to suffer pain in her ear last week
- Her parents took her to hospital when the discomfort made her upset
- Doctors discovered a blow fly – attracted to bad smells – had laid 80 larva
- She had 2 operations to kill the insects while they were still in her ear
- Experts warned if it was left any longer they could have ate her brain
A four-year-old girl had 80 maggots removed from her ear as a result of living in dirty conditions.
Radhika Mandloi, from central India, started to suffer extreme pain and itching in her left ear last week.
Her parents initially dismissed her discomfort, but when she began crying continuously they took her to hospital.
Doctors were shocked to find a blow fly – attracted to bad smells – inside her ear which had laid around 80 larva.
They warned if she was left untreated for any longer the insects could have began to start eating at her brain – putting her life in danger.
Radhika Mandloi, from central India, had life-saving surgery to remove 80 maggots – laid by a blow fly – in her ear. The insects are attracted to bad smells and dirty conditions, doctors say
Dr Raj Kumar Mundra, from the hospital, said: ‘I was very shocked to see so many eggs.
‘This type of bug is attracted to foul smells and extremely unhygienic conditions.
‘It’s evident this family live in unhygienic conditions which has seen the young girl suffer as a consequence. It’s a very sad state of affairs.
‘And as the ears and nose are areas most vulnerable and open they enter and lay eggs.
‘We’ve had previous cases where they’ve had two or three eggs but this is the first time we’ve seen anyone with such a huge amount.’
After a thorough examination to determine the cause of her pain, Radhika had two sittings to remove the insects.
She had two operations, which lasted for 90 minutes each, to kill the maggots while they were still positioned in her ear
Both operations, which lasted for 90 minutes each, involved killing the maggots while they were in her ear.
Dr Mundra said the worms can cause severe damage to the ear bone if there is an excessive movement.
The first operation removed around 70 of the insects while the second sitting got rid of the remaining few.
She is still in hospital and will be under close observation by doctors for the next week.
Several MRI scans ensured the worms had not entered the brain – but doctors said it could have been deadly if left another week.
Her bone and skin have been left partially damaged by the insects, which experts believe had been living in her ear for much longer than a week.
She started to suffer extreme pain and itching in her left ear last week. Her parents initially dismissed her discomfort, but when she began crying continuously they took her to hospital
Dr Mundra added: ‘I believe by the amount of worms in her ears she had been suffering for longer than a week.
‘It’s evident she problem had been growing for a long time but her parents had been negligent. We’ll look into further treatment in time.
‘Fortunately, no worms were found in the brain but if she had been left untreated for another week, the worms could have entered the brain and this could have been life threatening.
‘There is a paper-thin bone between the brain and the ears which the worms can easily enter. These worms could easily eat a human brain if they get inside.’
He further warned that any ear infection should not be ignored.
Dr Mundra said: ‘Any discharge of fluid in the ear should not be ignored as it could attract larva, which reproduces quickly.
‘The ears and nose are close to the brain and need proper hygiene.’
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