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.
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.
Yeah. You read that right. A TAPEWORM.
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. ?
The thing burrowed into a cyst in his brain and started blocking blood flow.
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.
“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.
Talk about a dramatic time.
*Warning* Here is an example of a brain tapeworm removal.
Wait? I had a headache this morning…
*packs up life and drives to hospital*
Luckily, doctors removed the tapeworm without incident.
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.
“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.
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