By Taniya Dutta/ Magazine Features
Jasubhai Patel, 70, complained of pain and itching in his right eye, which had plagued him for the past couple of months. He had sought help from several doctors but couldn’t be diagnosed with any illness. But a month ago, one medic spotted the parasite squirming at the back of his eye – and now a shocking video has emerged of the moment it was extracted.
Dr Milan Panchal, an ophthalmologist at Narayan Hospital and Research Centre in Bharuch carried out a microscopic investigation on the man and found the parasite squirming in the back of the conjunctival surface- the white skin portion in the eye. Dr Milan said: “We pulled it out alive. We only gave him topical anaesthesia. The patient could feel the worm being taken out.”
The doctor warned that the worm had the potential to permanently damage the man’s eyesight, if it was not removed immediately. “If the worm was not removed on time, it could have blinded the man. There is also a chance that the worm could have gone to his brain through bloodstream. Surgery would have been needed to remove it from the brain. “It took us 25 minutes to remove the parasite. It was difficult to pin it down as it was moving around,” said Dr Milan.
Doctors suspect the worm in Patel’s eye could have entered through a dog bite that he suffered 12 years ago. “We investigated his case and found that he was bitten by a dog some 12 years ago. It is possible that the parasite might have entered his bloodstream and settled in the eye. Dogs and cats have these parasites in their tongue. We have sent the worm for microbiological and histopathological examination to microbiologist, and we are awaiting the results.