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INDEPENDENT (UK) – A man was told he had only 30 minutes to live by doctors, after a tapeworm was found in his brain.
Luis Ortiz, from California had life-saving emergency surgery to remove the live tapeworm inside his head.
Mr Ortiz was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Centre after suffering with the “worst headache” of his life. A brain scan revealed a live tapeworm was living inside his brain causing the pain.
The 26-year-old student was told he only had about 30 minutes to live by doctors and needed immediate surgery to remove the tapeworm.
Ortiz’ neurosurgeon, Dr. Soren Singel said “it was a close call” and Ortiz was lucky he went to hospital when he did.