Maricar Cabral-Osori, a Florida based E.R nurse revealed how a mother fed her teenage daughter tapeworms to help her slim down for a beauty competition.
Cabral-Osori said she admitted the girl to the ER who came in with severe stomach cramps and was initially suspected she was pregnant; which was ruled out by an ultrasound.
"Something was in her intestines," said Cabral-Osorio for an upcoming episode of "Untold Stories of the E.R." The nurse recalled at the slight of the worms, "It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Blegh!."
"It was so gross and she had pooped all these tapeworms. There were a couple that were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl," she said.
Once the nurse confirmed that all the tapeworms were safely out of the girl's body, she reassured the patient that everything will be alright.
Cabral-Osorio recalls, "We were wondering, how did she get those tape worms? And then we saw the mother turn white. The mom was apologizing to the girl. It's like 'I'm so sorry. You know, I did it just to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant."
"For nearly 100 years tapeworms have been used for weight-loss, but doctors have warned the practice is extremely dangerous."
Dr Patricia Quinlisk, Medical Director of the Lowa Department of Health, wrote, 'Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of unstable side effects, including rare deaths.
Tapeworms attach themselves to the intestinal wall of its host and then absorb nutrients and calories. Certain tapeworms can grow up to 30 feet long and can live within a host for up to 20 years.
Cabral-Osorio said the mother denied giving her daughter tapeworms, but admitted giving the girl pills with tapeworm eggs.