A backpacker was getting frequent nose bleeds. She was terrified when she found that the cause of the nosebleeds was from a three inch long leech. It had been in her nose for a month.
Daniela Liverani was traveling about south east Asia when she got into a motorcycle accident.
The lump on the bottom of her nose was thought to be from a busted blood vessel suffered during the accident. A few days after she got home, she found the giant leech head living in her nostril.
She first tried to blow the leech out of her nose and grab it with her fingers the 24 year old was taken to the hospital where the leech was removed with tweezers and forceps.
If she hadn’t gone to the hospital, the leech could have moved into her brain. The leech was probably picked up from the water in Vietnam if Daniela was swimming. Or, it could have entered her mouth as she was drinking water.
As soon as the leech was removed, the pain she was feeling stopped and so did her nosebleeds.
Leeches don’t grow very quickly so it was probably close to the size it was when it removed as it was when it entered her nose.
It is actually fairly common for people to not feel when leeches go up their noses.