A doctor at a city hospital removed a 6.3-foot live worm from a patient's intestine, who is a native of Jind's Pega village, on Wednesday. Dr Devender Panwar, a surgeon, who conducted the operation successfully in a private hospital, said the patient approached them on Tuesday night and when he was examined, it came to light that his intestine had been damaged and he was immediately taken to the operation theatre.
"During sanitization of his intestine, the worm has a length of around 6.3 feet was taken out alive. Such kind of worms nurture in the body by consuming food like half-cooked pork and unwashed vegetables," he said.
The patient is stable and under observation, he added. He stated that the worm may also cause death as it affects the brain, which weakens the body. He added that all vegetables must be washed properly before eating. The doctor stated that the scientific name of the worm was 'taenia solium', which stays in the body for at least 25 years and may lead to epilepsy at a later stage.