Doctors spent half an hour removing the leech which backpacker says was “as long as my forefinger and as fat as my thumb”
A British backpacker troubled by weeks of nosebleeds found a three-inch long leech had been living up her nose for more than a month. Daniela Liverani believed the persistent nosebleeds she
suffered while travelling around south-east Asia were down to a burst blood vessel from a motorbike crash.
Days after returning to her Edinburgh home, however, she spotted an object in one nostril that she first dismissed as congealed blood.
The 24-year-old graduate was rushed to A&E at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary after realising she had an animal up her nose. Miss Liverani, originally from Glasgow, told the Sunday Mail: “Two weeks before I came home from Asia, I started having nosebleeds but I’d fallen off a motorbike so thought I’d burst a blood vessel.
“After I got home, the nosebleeds stopped and I started seeing something sticking out of my nostril. I just thought it was congealed blood from the nosebleeds. “I tried to blow him out and grab him but I couldn’t get a grip of him before he retreated back up my nose.
“When I was in the shower, he would come right out as far as my bottom lip and I could see him sticking out the bottom of my nose. “So when that happened, I jumped out of the shower to look really closely in the mirror and I saw ridges on him. That’s when I realised he was an animal.”