A woman was shocked to discover recently that she brought a special treat back from southeast Asia. In her nose.
Daniela Liverani, 24, was traveling in southeast Asia when she was involved in a motorbike accident. After the accident, she started to notice that she was getting frequent nosebleeds and that she had a lump peeking out of her nose, but she assumed the lump was congealed blood and attributed the entire thing to the crash. After a month, however, she returned home to the UK and was shocked to discover that the cause of her bleeding and pain was not the crash after all – it was a leech.
“I tried to blow him out and grab him but I couldn’t get a grip of him before he retreated back up my nose,” said Liverani to the Daily Mail. “When I was in the shower, he would come right out as far as my bottom lip and I could see him sticking out the bottom of my nose. So when that happened, I jumped out of the shower to look really closely in the mirror and I saw ridges on him. That’s when I realized he was an animal.”
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Liverani quickly went to the hospital where a doctor removed the leech from up her nose.
“It was agony,” said Liverani. “Whenever the doctor grabbed him, I could feel the leech tugging at the inside of my nose. All of a sudden, after half an hour, the pain stopped and the doctor had the leech in the tweezers. He was about as long as my forefinger and as fat as my thumb.”
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Experts say that if Liverani had not gone to the doctor when she did, the leech could have easily made its way up into her brain.
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