WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man who was bitten by an insect in Africa said maggots have helped save his life.
- The procedure that involved maggots eating the dead skin on his infected foot has been documented several times and is known for being successful.
- The Telegraph reports that the U.K. government may use the procedure in war zones to minimize infections in wound treatment.
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Matthew Blurton of Yorkshire, England is lucky to be alive. Thanks to 400 maggots that ate away the deadly infection on his foot that he acquired in Africa in 2017, he managed to get back home to the UK.
Blurton said the hospital staff didn’t expect him to survive the trip back to the U.K. because the infection was so bad. Mistaking his symptoms which started with a fever, as sunstroke, he was later rushed to the hospital where the infection came from the blister on his foot.
While the idea may seem shocking, the procedure has a long history of success. In fact, the U.K. government is allegedly planning to send maggots to war zones to treat wounds to lessen its number of secondary infections and helping patients to keep their limbs says a report in The Telegraph.
“Some of the nurses hadn’t seen this treatment before so they were all coming in to have a look at my foot because it was unusual,” Blurton told The Mirror.
The procedure lasted a few days where around 20 maggots were left in his foot to die on their own since removing them became too painful.
“It was a lot of dead skin they were eating. The staff had to rinse half of them off because they were going so fast. I could feel my veins in my foot and them eating around them.”
While he is recovering, Blurton urges other travelers to take safety measures while working abroad. He advised them to keep the feet covered with proper walking shoes and clothes to prevent themselves from being bitten by insects or snakes.
Source: Fox News