Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Woman became infected during her volunteer work in Madagascar

Forty-year-old Sherry Fuller nearly died after her volunteer work on a charity sanitation project in Madagascar -- after tapeworms burrowed into her brain. She's thought to have picked up the worms from contaminated food or water.

Forty-year-old Sherry Fuller nearly died after her volunteer work on a charity sanitation project in Madagascar -- after tapeworms burrowed into her brain. She's thought to have picked up the worms from contaminated food or water.

Forty-year-old Sherry Fuller nearly died after her volunteer work on a charity sanitation project in Madagascar -- after tapeworms burrowed into her brain. She's thought to have picked up the worms from contaminated food or water.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Tapeworms, Madagascar, brain injury, filters, disorientation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When Fuller returned to England she began to suffer with headaches that developed into frequent seizures. Doctors were at a loss to identify her condition.

A consultant neurosurgeon diagnosed neurocysticercosis, a rare condition in which a person becomes infested with pork tapeworm. The parasites get into the intestine and migrate to the muscles and brain where they form cysts.

Fuller discovered she had larvae in her brain that were the size of coins.

"We were working with children and there was nowhere for them to wash their hands," Fuller, an information officer with Southend Council, Essex said. "When I got home, I started having headaches but did not really realize anything was wrong with me.

"Then I started to have seizures. They were passed off as panic attacks. I was having four or five seizures a day. I went to my doctor who looked into my right eye. Part of it was black because of the swelling.

"I was sent for a scan. At first, it was thought I had tumors. It was a miracle how well I was doing given how much of my brain was swollen."

Fuller was rushed to the Royal London Hospital to see a neurological specialist, who reassured her that she did not have a brain tumor -- but then suggested that it could be HIV or TB.

Tropical medicine experts eventually diagnosed her with neurocysticercosis. "That was after three weeks which was a really frightening time. I was so unwell. My brain was not working and I was traumatized by the whole ordeal. It was a long time before I could sleep because I was worried I would not wake up again," Fuller said.

Hailing from Westcliff, Essex, Fuller says that she was strangely relieved to be told that she had tapeworm as it meant she could be cured. "The larvae in my brain were about the size of a 5p which was why it was causing me a problem. The doctors gave me a worming tablet which kills the larvae."

Fuller's ordeal was far from over, as her body reacted badly to the treatment and her arms, legs, and back swelled. She was given steroids to deal with the side effects and anti-epilepsy drugs stopped her convulsions.

A full recovery has taken her two years. "I could also not make decisions. I could do logic puzzles but if someone asked me to make a decision about the smallest thing, it would throw me into a panic."

Fuller in hindsight wishes she had had the support of an organization like Headway Essex, which cares for survivors of brain injuries, so she is now raising money for the charity.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Living Faith

Apostle of California, Father Junipero Serra, to be canonized by Pope during U.S. visit Watch

Image of Professor Guzman Carriquiry, Secretary in charge of the Vice-Presidency of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America recently expressed his displeasure at the news of the California Senate's wish to replace the statue of Brother Junipero with that of a NASA astronaut.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis is scheduled to personally preside over the canonization ceremony of Father Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C. on September 23 during his U.S. visit. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ceremony will take place in the open space in front of the ... continue reading


'Faith must not be turned into power,' Pope Francis warns Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis, at mass in St. Martha's House, recalled that many people follow Jesus simply out of self-interest. This "spirit, which lies behind or beneath a varnish of Christianity leads people to live like pagans," he warned. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Oops! The Bible did not say that: 7 famous viral quotes people think came from the Bible Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Social media and the Internet has made it easier to share anything anywhere. Most of the time we spend in cyberspace, we see come across wonderful statements --- about life, love and other concerns. It assures us that we are not alone, we are going to beat every ... continue reading


The Experience of the Resurrected Christ: A Divine Dream Worth Dying For

Image of

By Deacon Frederick Bartels

The dream of God is a dream of unending, divine love. His only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, sacrificed his human life for this Dream: the redemption of humankind and the gift of eternal life and perfect happiness. Heaven is the divine dream that is not but a dream, it ... continue reading


Pope Francis 'considering' visit to Cuba Watch

Image of A nun waves a Vatican flag while attending Mass with St John Paul II in Havana in 1998.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis is said to be considering a trip to Cuba this coming September. The papal visit would tie into his visit to the United States. The gesture could lead to improving relations both between Cuba and the U.S. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Vatican ... continue reading


Could Yoda be a Biblical character? Medieval manuscript features a painted figure resembling the Star Wars hero Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In a 14th century book, a green-skinned character was painted, resembling Yoda. Just like the Star Wars icon, the painted character in the old religious documents is donning a white cloak and has spiky, long fingers and the pointed ears sticking out. Although there is ... continue reading


Pope Francis pokes holes in 'gender theory,' saying male, female roles are separate Watch

Image of The Bible, Pope Francis says, shows how

By CNA/EWTN News

Pope Francis has warned against gender theories which seek to eradicate differences between man and woman, saying they perpetuate the very problems they are trying to solve. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Experience teaches us: to know each other well and grow in harmony, ... continue reading


6 types of men Christian women should dismiss for marriage Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Women, and men, should be wary of whom they shall live with for the rest of their lives. Marriage is not a temporary commitment, it lasts for a lifetime no matter how you will put it --- two people still shared the same vows to cherish one another through a sacred ... continue reading


Pope Francis to host major conference on climate change Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis will host a major summit on April 28 entitled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development." MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - The conference will feature famous American economist, ... continue reading


Can Catholics Practice Yoga and Transcendental Meditation?

Image of

By Deacon Ian VanHeusen

Among many Christians who are honestly seeking to deepen their prayer life, there is a genuine concern about erroneous forms of prayer. People should be careful to accept practices which diverge from the faith they have received, whether through the family or in a ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 7:51--8:1
51 'You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
3 You are my rock, my rampart; true to your name, ... Read More

Gospel, John 6:30-35
30 So they said, 'What sign will you yourself do, the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 21st, 2015 Image

St. Anselm
April 21: St. Anselm Archbishop of Canterbury and Confessor APRIL 21,A.D. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter