As a pediatric E.R. nurse, Maricar Cabral-Osorio has to have a strong stomach, but some things are too gross even for her -- like tapeworms trying to climb out of a toilet bowl.
Cabral-Osorio saw the disgusting sight when a teenage girl arrived with a bulging stomach at the Florida hospital where she works.
At first, she and her fellow staffers thought the girl might be pregnant, but an ultrasound showed no signs of a baby.
"Something was in her intestines," Cabral-Osorio explained on an episode of "Untold Stories Of The E.R.," airing Friday on Discovery Fit & Health."
At some point, the patient went to the bathroom and started screaming.
"It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Blegh!" Cabral-Osorio said. "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."
Trying to keep up the proper bedside manner, Cabral-Osorio told the patient that since the tapeworms were out of the body, she'd be just fine.
One question remained.
"We were wondering how did she get those tapeworms, and then you saw the mom turn white," Cabral-Osorio 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 tapeworms per se, but admitted giving the girl pills with tapeworm eggs.
If you want to see what was wiggling around in the toilet, here is a close-up of a tapeworm:
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