The British government sends MAGGOTS to war zones in Syria and South Sudan to help accelerate wound healing
- Can a & # 39; life-saving agency & # 39; are in countries without medical facilities and trained staff
- Feast on dead tissue and infected wounds, help cut cuts faster
- Strive to treat 250 wounds a day in conflict zones as soon as next year
Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter for Mailonline
The British government finances international war zones to use maggots to clean infected wounds.
In countries where medical facilities are lacking and staff are trained, the creepy crawlies can be a "life-saving means". by clearing dead tissues and disinfecting coupons.
Maggots were already used in the American Civil War to prevent gangrene, as well as in WW1 after the scientist William Baerin had noticed that soldiers would die less quickly from their injuries if the wounds were infected with maggots.
The Department for International Development (DFID) – which partly finances the £ 195,000 ($ 250,000) project – believes that maggots can save people's lives and limbs by treating 250 wounds a day in places like Syria and South Africa. Sudan.
The British government finances international war zones to use maggots to clean infected wounds. In countries where medical facilities are lacking and staff are trained, creepy crawlies can be a "life-saver" & # 39; are by clearing dead tissue and disinfecting cuts (stock)
"People who live through conflicts and humanitarian crises are still dying of wounds that can be cured so easily with proper access to care," said Penny Mordaunt, international development secretary.
This innovative update on a simple treatment used in the trenches of the First World War is already saving lives and has the potential to save so much more. & # 39;
Many people in conflict areas die or lose their limbs after developing secondary infections through relatively simple operations.
And those with spinal injuries that remain immobile, often pass away from beds they have developed in the hospital.
Maggot therapy can help solve this problem by placing live, disinfected larvae on the damaged skin and soft tissue – that which supports, connects or surrounds the organs.
The maggots do not directly eat damaged tissue but instead release saliva containing enzymes that break down bacteria and dead cells.
These enzymes also increase the production of chemicals in the immune system that help kill bacteria.
In the project – which is also supported by the American Agency for International Development and the Dutch Government – laboratory technologies will be developed to enable communities to safely produce medicinal maggots.
Larvae had to be disinfected to remove bacteria, otherwise they risked introducing infections to the wound.
The project, led by Griffith University, aims to introduce field labs in war zones – as well as do-it-yourself & # 39; maggot starter kits for isolated communities – in the coming year.
It is supported by the Humanitarian Grand Challenges Fund, which provides financial support to 23 "of the most innovative ideas from around the world to address aid and development challenges," said the DFID.
Greenbottle Blowflies will be used because dead tissue is preferable to live meat.
Once ready, the maggots are applied to wounds in net bags. Although the larvae are just as effective when they are loose, covering them with a bandage reduces a patient's fear that the worm-like creatures can crawl over them.
The FDA recognized medical maggots as a medical device & # 39; in 2004 for chronic or non-healing wounds. The NHS also offers maggotherapy for gangrene.
The maggots usually last two to four days, or until they stop eating or become adult flies.
They are then disposed of in clinical waste to be on the safe side. However, it is highly unlikely that used maggots will spread infection because they undergo their own sterilization process when they fly.
DIABETIC USED & # 39; MIRACLE MAGGOTS & # 39; TO FUND ON THE INFECTED SKIN ON HIS FOOT AND TO SUPPORT HIM FROM AMPUTATION
Michael Rogers had & # 39; wonder & # 39; maggots attached to the infected skin on his foot to save him from amputation. Mr Rogers, pictured after the treatment, suffers from diabetes, which caused the tissue on his left-hand side to be killed by poor circulation
A diabetic had & # 39; miracle & # 39; maggots fastened to his feet for a week to feast on his infected skin and save him from an amputation.
Michael Rogers, 64, from Swansea, lost his right leg in 2015 due to complications from his type 2 diabetes.
The former municipal official was then forced to cut out 80 percent of his left heel last year after poor blood flow, and nerve problems meant the tissue turned black and died.
Left with a wound of 14 x 10 cm on his foot sole and desperate not to lose another leg, doctors advised Mr Rogers to put green flasks on the injury in April.
Mr. Rogers let the larvae suffocate for two weeks on his infected tissue, causing his wound to shrink to just 3x1cm within six months.
Although he is still in a wheelchair, Mr Rogers is on his way to recovery and hopes to use a prosthetic heel soon.
Speaking of the radical treatment, Mr. Rogers said, "I owe a lot to those little boys.
"Granted, I had a little hesitation about crawling around these things in my body while I was at home, and tried & # 39; at night, while I slept, to continue with my life and in bed.
& # 39; But they were great and really helped me to save me. & # 39;
After his right leg was amputated in 2015 because of diabetic complications, Rogers was determined not to lose another limb. Doctors therefore advised mader therapy. The larvae are imprisoned in a gauze that eats away the infected meat