A mum felt a skin-crawling “pop” as a “ parasite with legs” crawled out of her eyelid.
Louise Edwards woke up on Friday July 22 with what looked like an innocent spot on her right eye.
The 34-year-old mum just assumed she had been bitten by some sort of bug and thought nothing of it, the Liverpool Echo reports .
However, throughout the rest of the day Louise, from Allerton, Liverpool, found the spot seemingly growing and getting bigger.
In three days time a mysterious parasite crawled out of her eyelid.
But before that it swelled so much it forced her eye shut so the next day she went to St Paul’s Eye Hospital to get it checked over.
Louise said: “I was in my house, I hadn’t really been anywhere recently. I was in Turkey around a month before, and at the caravan a week before, but nothing came up in the days after.
“I sleep with the windows open so maybe something got in, then as I woke up and had this thing, like a pimple. They (St Pauls) tried to squeeze it and gave me antibiotics and sent me home.
“The next day I couldn’t even see because my eye had closed over. I have really bad eyesight and the eye with the spot was my good eye. I couldn’t see a thing so went back.”
Louise went onto explain how she suffered the “worst pain she had ever felt” and could feel it in her teeth and head as well as eyes.
Two nurses saw her and told her to keep up with the antibiotics. The 34-year-old said: “I saw my neighbour on the Monday (July 25) and she asked me what had happened. When I explained she said to use boiling water straight from the kettle to draw whatever it is to the top.
“So that’s what I did.”
However, it was then that she finally popped the spot and released the parasite inside.
She said: “I felt this popping sensation and as I squeezed it this thing started coming out. I shouted my dad to come and have a look and he said it was some sort of parasite with legs.”
Louise went straight back to St Paul’s eye hospital with the “parasite”, once she arrived she showed nurses a picture. she said: “One of the nurses laughed and said it looked like something out of an alien movie.
“I felt like I was in an alien movie. They told me to carry on with the antibiotics and go home.”
Louise now has an appointment booked in with her GP and hopes to find out more about what it was that came out of her eyelid.
After sharing images on Facebook, a number of people said it could be a botfly.
The mum has still been left without answers though, and has no clue what was growing in her face.
She said: “I took it to the School of Tropical Medicine but they said you have to be referred. I just want to know what it is and warn people.”