posted on Jul, 24 2003 @ 02:40 PM
I actually saw this procedure done on TV recently.
The victim had suffered a crushing injury to his left hand and wrist. Necrosis had set in, but was in an early stage. The doctors felt that they
could reconstruct the hand, but the gangrene was "scattered" throughout the injury, and conventional treatment meant cutting out alot of tissue,
both dead and healthy.
Specially cultivated maggots were brought in. A special banndage was applied (forming a cavity) and the maggots were applied to the hand. The rest
of the hand was then covered up.
The victim waited about 12-18 hours, all the time receiving IV fluids and anti-biotics. The bandage was removed, and most of the maggots simply
"fell out", having been fully satiated on the decomposing flesh. The rest were either removed with forcept or washed out.
The wound looked surprizingly better, with alot of pink and red edged, and no nasty dark coloration. That evening, a surgical team rebuilt his hand
and he gained like 50% use of it after time, and lost no fingers.
I just wish they could find a better name for them besides "maggots".
How about wound worms? Or maybe Health Bugs?
BTW, if you wanna see sumfin that makes maggots look pretty, do a search on South American Bot Fly Larvae.
That is just plain old GROSS.