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Teenage Girl Suffers Terrible Internal Pain After Ingesting Parasite Six Years Ago

A teenage girl has opened up about the years of agony she endured after consuming raw fish while holidaying in Fiji. Afterwards, the teenager in question, Carly Goff, experienced internal agony for 6 years.

The recurring pain was caused by a flesh-eating parasite that had taken up residence inside Ms. Goff’s body. For six years, doctors were unable to explain why Ms. Goff was suffering from such excruciating pain. The source of her agony was finally discovered when a doctor tested her for the flesh-eating parasite, Gnathostomiasis.

“I was so sick and I was in so much pain, burning feet, burning face, almost like an acid-like burning,” said Ms. Goff during an interview with Seven News. The brave young teenager also talked about the pain the Gnathostomiasis parasite caused, saying: “It's like a worm kind of thing, it has teeth and moves around by chewing through the tissues and muscles and destroys everywhere it goes.”

The infection, which caused a constant dull ache and regular bouts of excruciating pain, has made it impossible for Ms. Goff to relax and enjoy her teenage years. After the parasite is killed, it is hoped that Ms. Goff can enjoy her remaining time as a student.

Ms. Goff was officially diagnosed with the parasite two months ago. Since then, doctors have treated her with a range of worming tablets, hoping to starve the parasite to death.

According to Doctor Bernard Hudson from Royal North Shore Hospital, the Gnathostomiasis parasite can be fatal if it is not treated. Speaking to Seven News, Doctor Hudson said: “It can invade any organ system, through the lungs, brain, get into the bladder, liver, anywhere.”

The parasite is most commonly found in raw meats in Central and South America, parts of Africa, and Southeast Asia. Any meals that have undercooked freshwater fish or chicken can infect you with the Gnathostomiasis parasite.

Since the story aired, online commenters have targeted the health system, outraged that it took so long for doctors to diagnose the parasite. “Since this isn't a new condition, why six years to solve it,” wrote ‘Kat’ from Atlanta. “She seems pretty clear how it felt, they knew where she had travelled, probably what she ate. I mean, seriously? Six years? Six days is too long.”

Another commenter, Eileen from the U.S., quickly agreed, writing: “I bet that a good part of those 6 years were spent being fobbed off by doctors. No way should that have taken so long to diagnose.”

One of the most praised comments was from Daily Mail user ‘DerekD’, who gave other travelers some excellent advice to avoid a similar infection.

“If you travel extensively to exotic locations and eat uncooked or undercooked food (e.g. sushi), it's probably a good idea to take a course of deworming tablets every one to two years,” wrote DerekD. “In most parts of the world, they are available at pharmacies over the counter without a prescription and are relatively inexpensive.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Seven News Perth/Twitter Screenshots, KAHP

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