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A 32-year-old United Kingdom man almost died after a parasite crawled up his penis, laying eggs while swimming in a lake while traveling in Africa.
A Briton almost died after a parasite crawled into his penis and began laying eggs after going for a swim in Lake Malawi in Southeast Africa during a "holiday of life" with friends.
James Michael, 32, contracted schistosomiasis – also known as bilirusis – during his dream trip to Africa.
James, who lives in Kensington, London, says: "When I look back at pictures of my time in Africa, it's weird to think that the parasite has crawled there. up my penis.
"It was not exactly how I envisioned a lifelong journey … the whole experience was surreal and strange."
The 32-year-old had visited Africa with three friends in August 201
7. They traveled from Zambia to Zimbabwe, before to visit Malawi for five days.
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A Briton almost died after a parasite crawled into his penis and began laying eggs after going swimming in Lake Malawi in Southeast Africa during a "holiday of life" with friends. (Photo: Google Maps / iStock)
The group swims and canoes every day on Lake Malawi before flying back to the United Kingdom.
James' nightmare began in England.
In October last year, he began to notice a loss of sensation on both legs, but initially squeezed him to the tiredness of cycling.
But he checked into a hospital when major tasks such as climbing the stairs to his apartment became exhausting.
James received antibiotics and sent him home, but a week later he felt worse and returned to the hospital in Chelsea and Westminster.
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"I explained to them that something was serious"
– James Michael told hospital staff
He said, "I explained to them that something serious was happening.
“I went to the neurology ward and they did blood tests to see what was going on. They determined pretty quickly that my immune system was attacking my spine, which resulted in a loss of control over my legs.
"I was put on a six-month steroid course to counter this … but you don't really know what caused it. "
Doctors at the Tropical Hospital eventually told James that a parasite worm had crawled on his penis and laid eggs in his body.
The week before Christmas, he was diagnosed with schistosomiasis, an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in freshwater in tropical areas, most commonly found throughout Africa.
Once in the body, the worms move through the bloodstream to areas such as the liver and intestines. After a few weeks, they begin laying eggs.
Some eggs remain inside the body and are a
James was prescribed a drug called praziquantel that kills the worms.
He said, "It killed the infection, but I was left with a major I was told there was a 30 percent chance I would make a full recovery in 10 years.
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"It was a terrible feeling – I felt completely helpless and the chances were not good. spent a total of three months in the hospital using a wheelchair and then four months on crutches until April of this year.
He also had an outbreak of acute acne on his back and hands caused by steroids, as well as diarrhea. said, "Pain is like nothing I have ever known.
" At the beginning of recovery my, sometime in January, I had a really horrible acne outbreak that went all over my back and down my arms.
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"I couldn't I slept for a month because I was lying on my back. I really couldn't be under running water either, so I had to shower in the front.
"The loss of sensation and use of my feet have affected every part of my life. I was not able to exercise much because of an infection that was difficult.