“When I look back at photos from my time in Africa, it’s weird to think that’s where the parasite crawled up my penis.”
UK man’s dream vacation in Africa goes horribly wrong
Fox News – A British man nearly died after a parasite crawled up his penis and started laying eggs after he went for a swim in Lake Malawi in southeast Africa during a “holiday of a lifetime” with pals.
James Michael, 32, contracted schistosomiasis – also known as bilharzia – during his dream Africa trip.
James, who lives in Kensington in London, said: “When I look back at photos from my time in Africa, it’s weird to think that’s where the parasite crawled up my penis.
“It wasn’t exactly how I imagined the trip of a lifetime to go…the whole experience was surreal and strange.”
The group swam and canoed every day on Lake Malawi, before flying back to the UK.
It was back in England that James’ nightmare began.
In October last year, he started to notice a loss of feeling in both his legs – but initially put that down to fatigue from cycling.
But he checked himself into hospital when basic tasks like climbing the stairs to his flat became exhausting.
James was given antibiotics and sent home but, a week later, he felt even worse and so returned to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
He said: “I explained to them that something serious was going on.
“I went to the neurology department and they did blood tests to see what was up. They determined quite quickly that my immune system was attacking my spine, leading to the loss of control of my legs.
“I was put on a six-month course of steroids to counter this…but they didn’t actually know what had caused this.”