Doctor removes 50 crawling MAGGOTS from open wound on pensioner’s face

A DOCTOR has removed more than 50 live maggots from a woman’s face.

The bugs were found crawling in a festering wound on the 97-year-old’s cheek.

The woman had maggots crawling in an open wound on her face
The woman had maggots crawling in an open wound on her face
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Doctors removed more than 50 maggots
Doctors removed more than 50 maggots
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The unnamed pensioner, from China, is thought to have knocked the scab off a skin cancer lump, leaving an open wound on her face.

Flies were able to lay eggs in her flesh which caused the maggot infestation.

The pensioner was admitted to Qilu Hospital of Shandong University in East China’s Shandong province.

Doctor Liu Chao, who is head of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the facility, said: “When she came in, her wound was covered with gauze. I removed it and saw 50 to 60 squirming maggots.”

The unnamed pensioner, from China, is thought to have knocked the scab off a skin cancer lump, leaving an open wound on her face for the maggots to breed in
The unnamed pensioner, from China, is thought to have knocked the scab off a skin cancer lump, leaving an open wound on her face for the maggots to breed in
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Doctor Liu Chao said he had never come across a case like this before
Doctor Liu Chao said he had never come across a case like this before
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Liu and his team cleansed the festering wound of dead tissue and removed the dozens of live maggots from the woman’s cheek.

He added: “During surgery on October 7, we found a larger hole inside her face.

“We cleansed that wound very carefully as well, using microscopes, but there is a possibility that numerous smaller maggots still remain.”

The woman is being monitored in hospital in case any more maggots hatch.

“I’ve never come across a case like this before. Some of my older colleagues and professors say these cases were more common in the 50s and 60s,” Liu added.


“It’s possible that after the tumour on her face broke, it revealed the soft tissue inside which was enough to nourish the parasites.

“But this also requires that a fly laid eggs in the exact spot at the right time, allowing the larvae to hatch into the wound. Then the wound must have been covered, otherwise the eggs could’ve been washed away.

“I believe her situation was caused by a combination of these above factors. Added to that her old age and her body’s inability to repel the parasites.”


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Doctor removes 50 crawling MAGGOTS from open wound on pensioner’s face