You know that painful, irritating feeling when an eyelash or speck of dirt gets in your eye and you can’t get it out?
It’s definitely annoying to deal with — but if you think that’s bad, just imagine a living creature crawling around in your eyelid and making itself at home for weeks. This poor guy knows exactly how that feels.
When this 17-year-old went to the National Children’s Hospital in Lima, Peru, for his swollen left eye, doctors took an MRI and made a horrifying discovery. Not only was there some kind of larva in his eye, but it had been there for about a month. Doctors had to use a basil leaf to lure the disgusting thing out before they could remove it.
Though it isn’t completely clear what it is, it appears to be a botfly larva.
What a champ! I doubt I would have been as calm and collected as this kid was. Be sure to share this story if the thought of a larva in your eye makes you sick.