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Man’s Life Saved When Tapeworm Removed from Brain

When Luis Ortiz, 26, of Napa, California, arrived at the hospital complaining of a headache and nausea, doctors were shocked to find a tapeworm larva had been living in his brain. The larva, which was still alive, had caused a cyst to form that was restricting water flow to chambers in his brain. The situation was so dire that doctors said Ortiz only had about 30 more minutes to live. "I was shocked," Ortiz told ABC News. "I just couldn't believe something like that...

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