Thursday, June 7, 2012

That's gotta hurt...

Guinea worm, an incredibly painful water-borne parasite that grows inside the human body and then exits through a skin lesion, has been eradicated everywhere in the world except in S.Sudan. Once the worm begins to extrude from the skin, the caregiver must gently twirl it around a stick without breaking it until it has completely emerged. The process can take 3 days and is always accompanied by extreme pain.  Here a stoic Sudanese endures without flinching as Sr Angela eases the worm out.

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