Daniela Liverani holds the leech on a spoon
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Glasgow woman: Leech used my nose 'as a nest'

A Glasgow woman was horrified to discover that her persistent nosebleeds had been caused by a leech living in her nostril.

Daniela Liverani started having nosebleeds after a backpacking trip around South-East Asia, and believed it was a "congealed blood clot".

She sought medical assistance when she noticed the nosebleed "had ridges" and had started "poking out" of her nose.

Ms Liverani told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast that when NHS staff pulled the leech out with nose forceps, they were "equally horrified and intrigued".

The leech, nicknamed "Mr Curly" by Ms Liverani, has since been destroyed.

  • 13 Oct 2014
  • From the section UK