The Most Bizarre Health Stories You’ll Ever Read

The Most Bizarre Health Stories You’ll Ever Read

Did you hear about the woman with the worm in her face?

What about the brain-eating amoeba? And the one guy that took ‘coughing up a lung’ to literal levels?

No, they aren’t the plotlines of straight-to-TV movies. They’re actually the strangest health stories we’ve come across from the past 12 months:

A worm in a woman’s face

What’s worse than finding half a worm in your apple? How about discovering a living worm squirming in your face, like this 32-year-old woman did.


She didn’t think much of the bump underneath her eye, until it moved above her eye a few days later. Ten days after that, the bump was in her upper lip. Two weeks later, she visited a doctor, where the physician identified it was a living parasite that typically infects animals. Thankfully, the doctor surgically removed the long, thin worm known as Dirofilaria repens.

The brain-eating amoeba

A 69-year-old woman was admitted into a Seattle hospital after suffering a seizure. The doctors initially thought it was tumor, but it turned out to be far worse – a rare, brain-feasting amoeba that was literally eating alive.

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How did she contract the infection? From using non-sterile water in a neti-pot almost a year prior. Needless to say, always use distilled water when rinsing those naval cavities.

Coughing up a lung

Giving real meaning to coughing up a lung, a 36-year-old man who was admitted to the ICU with chronic heart failure coughed up a tree-like blot clot that perfectly mirrored his right bronchial tree. He regularly coughed up blood and mucus throughout his stay, until passing a week later from heart failure complications.

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