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Mother Feeds Daughter Tapeworms To Help Her Lose Weight (Video)

| by Dominic Kelly

A nurse in Florida is set to appear on an upcoming episode of the Discovery’s “Untold Stories of the E.R.” to talk about one of the grossest things she’s seen during her career, and it unfortunately involves a weight-obsessed teen, her mother, and a lot of tapeworms.

Maricar Cabral-Osorio tells the story of a teenage girl who came into the emergency room with her mother complaining of a severe stomachache. Cabral-Osorio says they first noticed that the young teen’s stomach was bulging out and suspected she might be pregnant, but an ultrasound proved that theory wrong. The test did, however, show something strange inside her intestines.

Still without answers, the girl took a trip to the bathroom, and to everyone’s shock, that trip revealed exactly what was causing her discomfort.

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Cabral-Osorio recalls hearing screaming from the bathroom.

“It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Blegh!” said the nurse. “It was so gross and she had pooped all these tapeworms. There were a couple that were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl. We were wondering, how did she get those tape worms? And then we saw the mother turn white.”

The mother immediately realized that she was to blame for her daughter’s condition. Right away, she came clean to the nurses and to her daughter, telling them she had fed the teen tapeworm eggs to help her get skinnier.

“The mom was apologizing to the girl. 'I just did it to make you a little skinner. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant,’” recalled Cabral-Osorio.

So, in the end, the tapeworm eggs hatched inside of the teen, and mass amounts of tapeworms were the cause of her bizarre and seemingly unexplainable symptoms.

Sources: NY Daily News, Daily Offbeat, Huffington Post