Mum gave daughter tapeworms to slim before a beauty contest

By Drum Digital
25 August 2014

A Florida mother has admitted to secretly giving her daughter tapeworms to help her slim before a beauty contest.

Paediatric nurse Maricar Cabral-Osorio says the teenager turned up at her hospital with a bulging stomach.

At first, staff thought she might be pregnant but an ultrasound scan showed no sign of a baby.

"Something was in her intestines," Ms Cabral-Osorio said in an episode of Untold Stories Of The E.R., on the Discovery Fit and Health channel. The mystery was solved when the patient went to use the toilet and suddenly started screaming. Cabral-Osorio explained: "It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Blegh! It was so gross and she had pooped all these tapeworms.

"There were a couple that were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl."

Cabral-Osorio told the patient that since the tapeworms were out of the body, she'd be just fine but one question remained unanswered.

"We were wondering how did she get those tapeworms, and then you saw the mom turn white," she said.

"The mom was apologizing to the girl. It's like 'I'm so sorry. You know, I did it just to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant'."

Cabral-Osorio said the mother denied giving her daughter actual tapeworms, but admitted giving the girl pills containing tapeworm eggs.


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