We’re watching a program on Discovery Health about the use of maggots in healing wounds. Apparently, their use is becoming more prevalent in the United Kingdom. I can’t really disparage it too much since it’s doing the job well, but it’s rather disconcerting to see a doctor lift up a bandage on a lady’s foot and see maggots crawling all over the wound.
For those of you whose jaws still haven’t closed, the maggots are completely sterile and grown in a laboratory. The theory is that their ability to eat infectious bacteria far exceeds our ability to kill them. The lady in question said that she didn’t feel a thing and the doctors say that it’s miraculous at preventing gangrene.