Doctors in Peru use basil to lure worm out of boys eye

Doctors soon discovered that a worm was responsible for the swelling after having been living in the boy’s eye for about a month. They were able to make the discovery after taking an MRI of the young man, whose name was not mentioned in media reports.

A 17-year old boy from Peru’s central Huanuco department gave a new meaning to a worm’s eye view when he arrived at the National Children’s hospital in Lima with a very swollen left eye.

Ophthalmologist Carolina Marchena, explained how the worm posed serious risks for the boy’s health due to swelling near a sensitive part of the face known as the “triangle of death” or “danger triangle” from which infections can spread to the brain.

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