What’s in the water? And can that really make you sick? A 71-year-old man in India experienced a severe case of amnesia and seizures after developing tapeworm cysts in his brain for almost two decades.
The man— who—says he drank mainly river water during a period of almost three decades (right before, and after) in and around his village in the northeastern state of Assam, according to The Daily Mail.
He began having mental lapses in 2014 and while he was going through normal routine of changing jobs and moving around, he started having seizures and had hallucinations, including one in which he had laid eyes on the dot on the floor.
He explained to his wife and mother that he thinks the devil made him this way.
His mother, who was tested for worms, found out that she had suffered from one cyst before as well.
“We’ve come across a father with a bad memory and epilepsy. He is in the hands of a medical expert now,” a village doctor told the Hindustan Times.
The doctor explained that the man didn’t believe any mention of the worm’s origins when he first approached him about a possible case.
No one appears to know where the tapeworm came from.
And these days, the man’s symptoms are decreasing, thanks to brain surgery.
The Daily Mail had previously reported the patient’s decline earlier this year, when his wife said that the attack had been worse than she ever imagined, with her husband being “crazy, walking out and standing on the roof in the rain.”