Doctors discovered something disturbing after a 31-year-old mother from Gartland, Texas, complained of headaches.
After Yadira Rostro, 31, started having headaches, her condition began to deteriorate.
"Sometimes my sight was impaired... I could not see properly," Rostro told WFAA.
Doctors quickly determined the cause was sacs of larvae from eight tapeworm eggs in her brain, USA Today reported.
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"They looked a little bit like eggs, and they have a clear sac," neurosurgeon Richard Meyrat of Methodist Dallas Medical Center told WFAA. "And inside it, a small tapeworm."
Meyrat believes Rostro picked up the parasite after eating food contaminated with fecal matter; the fact that it wound up in her brain was merely bad luck.
He added that he’s never seen a case like this before.
"I think shes just happy to be alive," Meyrat said. "Her headaches are gone, and she's feeling better.”
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Rostro is grateful for the relief.
"I'm very grateful to God that I'm in his hands," she said.
With Rostro’s permission, Methodist Dallas Medical Center shared a video of doctors removing the larvae, but she has decided not to look at the footage.
Photo Credit: Methodist Dallas Medical Center/WFAA