INTERNATIONAL: Man told he has 30 minutes to live after tapeworm found in his brain in California

By Independent (UK)

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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.


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  1. I have no sympathy for These fools. Fancy eating raw meat that everyone know have bacterium and worms. Just why do they think humans have been cooking food for thousands of years? It may be their right to risk their own lives, but it is not their right to waste medical staff's time, medicines and hospital beds, because they want to show off as having a better cuisine taste than the rest of us.

  2. Lucky guy, great Doctor and medical team.

  3. Omg thank goodness he was there on time


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