Wen Xiaoli, 19, is believed to have been infected with the spirometra erinaceieuropaei larvae when he accidentally cut his hand while killing a frog for food
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A teen suffering migraines and epileptic fits had a four-inch tapeworm living in his brain for TWO YEARS.
Disgusting footage shows the the parasite after doctors removed it from 19-year-old Wen Xiaoli’s head in just two minutes.
It is believed he became infected with the spirometra erinaceieuropaei larvae two years ago when he accidentally cut his hand while killing a frog for food .
He then quickly began to experience intense migraines and even mild epilepsy, leading him to seek out experts in the city of Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan Province.
He also suffered paralysis and loss of memory and even speech.
After detailed scans of his head at Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, doctors were stunned when they discovered he was suffering from sparganosis – a tapeworm infection.
Not only was the parasite fully formed, it was also alive and appeared to be living comfortably off his brain cells.
Neurosurgeon Yang Zhiquan and his team advised Wen to operate, and they opened up his skull to retrieve the writhing tapeworm in a swift two minutes.
It was not, however, an easy task, as Doctor Yang later explained: “It was alive; it was still moving inside the brain.
“We had to remove it intact and couldn’t risk breaking its body or else it would continue to survive inside.
“That’s why we had to pull it out slowly and carefully.”