peaStrange things found living inside a human body sounds like a popular theme for horror stories and various urban legends and people seem to be fascinated by it. Aptly enough, there have been a few actual cases of people having some unwelcome guests reside in their bodies. From a spider living in a human’s stomach to a cockroach dwelling in a man´s ear, check out these 25 horrifying things found living inside a human body.
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Mrs. Lee and the hairy spider.
Ms. Melua got off easy, in August 2012 a Mrs. Lee checked into a hospital complaining that her ear was itchy. After looking inside, doctors discovered a decently sized, 4-eyed, fur-covered, and barbed-feet spider that had apparently crawled into Lee’s ear for shelter five days earlier.
Spider in stomach
Speaking of spiders, after Australian Dylan Maxwell returned home from his holiday on the Indonesian island of Bali, he found a strange red scar-like trail leading from his navel up to his chest. He originally thought something had bitten him but when he went to a hospital, the shocked doctors found out the trail was burrowed by a little tropical spider that got in his body and survived there for several days.
Amoeba in nose
Also known as the “brain-eating amoeba”, naegleria fowleri is a free-living, thermophilic excavate form of protist found in warm fresh water such as ponds, lakes, rivers, and hot springs. In humans, the amoeba enters the central nervous system through the nose, from where it migrates to the cranium and eventually to brain. Once there, it starts eating the brain cells, causing primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, a disease with a fatality rate of greater than 95%.
This thing is neither an animal, nor a plant but it can be regarded as a living thing in a way. Colloquially known as “The Monster Tumor”, the teratoma is a very specific type of tumor with tissue or organ components resembling normal derivatives of more than one germ layer. The tumors have been reported to contain hair, teeth, bone and sometimes even more complex organs such as eyes, torsos or limbs. Allegedly, there have even been cases of the teratoma trying to possess the host and attack its brain.
Your own twin
Probably one of the most disturbing things to live inside a person’s body is their own twin. In June 1999 Sanju Bhagat discovered that his abnormally sized belly was not due to a lack of an exercise routine, but rather his twin parasitically living off of him. The horrifying operation involved removing this half formed creature which had even developed hands and feet.