A California Man Almost Died because of a Tapeworm Larva Living in His Brain

Before his senior year at San Francisco State University, Luis Ortiz was hospitalized for a severe headache and nausea. Next thing he knew, he was in emergency surgery. WARNING: You *will not* be able to unsee this.

Luis Ortiz is a 26-year-old man from Napa, California.

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Seems like a normal guy, right? But there is one small thing about this dude.

He once had a tapeworm larva living in his brain.

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Yeah. You read that right. A TAPEWORM.

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How’d it get there? Doctors could only think of three things: eating undercooked pork, swimming in a river, or visiting a third-world country. Luis Ortiz said he had not done any of those things recently. ?

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The thing burrowed into a cyst in his brain and started blocking blood flow.

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It caused him to have a severe headache and nausea before slipping into a coma when he got to the hospital.

Luis Ortiz had NO idea there was something just chilling in his brain.

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“I was shocked,” Ortiz told CBS San Francisco. “I just couldn’t believe something like that would happen to me. I didn’t know there was a parasite in my head trying to ruin my life.”

Dude had 30 minutes after arriving at the hospital to have surgery or he’d be dead.

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Talk about a dramatic time.

*Warning* Here is an example of a brain tapeworm removal.

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Wait? I had a headache this morning…

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*packs up life and drives to hospital*

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Luckily, doctors removed the tapeworm without incident.

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All that remains of the tapeworm is some memory loss and a small scar on his forehead.

Luis Ortiz has no idea how the tapeworm got there, but he is happy the ordeal is over.

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“It’s probably more gratifying to me to be living, because if I would have waited a little bit longer, then I probably wouldn’t be here right now,” Luis Ortiz told CBS.

Share this story with your friends so you can be a little more thankful today.

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Planning A Visit To Las Vegas? You Might Want To Think Again As The City Is Infested With Swarms Of Grasshoppers

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Planning A Visit To Las Vegas? You Might Want To Think Again As The City Is Infested With Swarms Of Grasshoppers

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Well, you know what they say: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And we hope the swarms of grasshoppers invading Las Vegas don’t cross state lines.

Don’t worry, the swarm of grasshoppers are not a cause for concern nor are they dangerous but it sure looks like our biggest nightmare.

According to entomologists with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, the grasshoppers are in the middle of a northern migration, currently sweeping through Southern Nevada. Jeff Knight, an entomologist, said in a news conference on Thursday in Las Vegas, that when they have a wet winter or spring, “these things build up often down below Laughlin and even into Arizona. They’ll move northward, and they’ll often move as far as central Nevada.”

Despite people on social media freaking out about the grasshopper invasion, Knight said they’re not dangerous and aren’t carrying any diseases. Even better news? They don’t bite and won’t cause much damage in a yard.  According to the New York Times, it looks like the grasshoppers descended on Las Vegas last week likely were attracted to the 30-story pyramid Luxor hotel and casino since they’re drawn to ultraviolet light.

While the grasshopper migration is harmless, tourists are also calling it the “Great Grasshopper Invasion of 2019.”

“It was crazy. We didn’t even want to walk through there. Everybody was going crazy,” Diana Rodriguez told CBS affiliate KLAS about the grasshoppers. “We were wondering like what’s going on.”

I mean, imagine minding your own business walking the streets of Las Vegas and then suddenly being met with thousands of swarming grasshoppers? We’d freak out too.

Locals, on the other hand, are pretty used to this by now since it happens every few years. According to USA Today, the state has records that date as far as the early 1960s of grasshopper invasions.

According to CNN, the Las Vegas grasshopper invasion is so huge that you can see it on the weather radar. CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar said that it looked like there were two storms moving into the Las Vegas area. But one of them wasn’t moving as rain normally would. It turns out that the other storm was actually the storm of grasshoppers making their way into the city.

People’s reactions on Twitter in response to the Las Vegas grasshopper invasion are hilarious.

The grasshopper invasion in Las Vegas is giving us “A Bug’s Life” vibes.

It’s reminding people of the evil grasshoppers from the 1998 film. *shudders*

Others have some conspiracy theories… the grasshoppers are a result of Area 51.

“Las Vegas threatens to invade Area 51, so Area 51 releases a million grasshoppers to freak out the city,” the user wrote. Hmmmm, seems legit. What do you think?

However, people were quick to debunk that theory because what will Area 51 release after the grasshoppers finish their migration? Huh?

She makes good points.

And of course, some people had to somehow make it about politics.

Good one, @SteveYeagerNV.

Twitter users also shared hilarious and relatable gifs.This would literally be us.


The end DOES seem near.

And then things got a little biblical.

“There were many plagues that God sent upon Egypt flies, gnats, frogs and locusts. This is definitely a sign, please repent and seek the Lord Jesus Christ if you haven’t already. It’s no coincidence… Vegas being “sin city” and all,” replied one Twitter user.

But despite Las Vegas being invaded by grasshoppers, users are still focusing on the beauty of it all.

The grasshopper invasion will continue for a couple of weeks at most. And now the grasshoppers are being joined by other pesky insects–stink bugs. According to KTNV Las Vegas, the stink bugs are a huge agricultural pest and if they come in large numbers, they’ll likely destroy crops.

Well, good luck, Las Vegas. We hope these grasshoppers still let y’all live your best lives.

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A Spider That Eats Birds Is The Least Scary Of These Bugs From Latin America


A Spider That Eats Birds Is The Least Scary Of These Bugs From Latin America

Like a good scare? Then you should book a trip to Latin America, where the insects and bugs look like something straight out of a horror movie. Here are some of the most terrifying and dangerous bugs you are guaranteed to encounter south of the border. Enjoy…

Warning: Some of these images are graphic and may not be for everybody.

1. The Botfly

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Look at how HUGE botfly larvae become.

Oh, and this thing likes to lay its larvae in living things… like people.

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And small animals like cats, squirrels, and rabbits. The larvae can potentially kill a small animal if it goes unchecked.

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

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2. The Brazilian Wandering Spider

They have a nasty habit of hitching rides all over the world on bananas.

Make sure you check your groceries thoroughly before purchasing.

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3. The Bullet Ant

And their name comes for the horrible pain they inflict when they sting their victim.


4. The Cave Spider

They won’t kill or hurt humans, but who wants to run face first into this?

Probably best to have a broom or chancla handy next time you’re in Lima.

Just saying. Safety first.

5. The Kissing Bug

After it bites, which it does while you sleep, it takes a dump right by the wound.

Oh. The disease is really hard to detect until it is almost to late.

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It’s OK, girl.

6. The Goliath Birdeater

In Guyana, you may encounter one the size of a puppy. A PUPPY!

Is that something crawling up my back or am I just scared?

7. The Lonomia Obliqua

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Beautiful. Want to touch it?

Their bristles are packed with a deadly venom, so you probably don’t want to touch it.

If you are in southern Brazil, watch out. They have caused a few deaths there.

Yeah. They’re not so cute anymore, are they?

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