A man felt pain in one of his toes and doctors determined that it was an ingrown toenail. The procedure is fairly simple. They cut away on the toe until they reach the ingrown nail and the cut it off. But in this man’s case it gets really gruesome after doctors found something they weren’t expecting. As they were trying to drain the infected area around the toenail, two maggots came popping out. Although it’s very gross, it could be a blessing in disguise since the maggots eat the dead skin and thereby maybe save the man from an amputation.
The surgeon was performing a routine “nail avulsion” in which they strip away pieces of the nail that are digging into the patient’s skin. This surgeon had just removed the nail and pushed out puss and blood when she made the startling discovery.
Blood poured out, and along with it: two writhing maggots.
She calmly picked them out and placed them down and continued the procedure.
As disgusting as it is these types of discoveries aren’t uncommon in Brazil. When people don’t clean or wrap their wounds well enough flies and other bugs may get in and lay their eggs. Since the skin is dead most times people don’t even realize what’s happening.
Oddly enough the maggots might actually have saved this man his toe. They eat dead skin which can help protect against gangrene.
Warning: The Following video is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.