They decided on the latter method, and after gently working the strange object out of the girl's neck, they discovered that it was a two-inch feather.
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If she doesn't bring about the apocalypse, Mya has a great future in ballet.
No, Mya wasn't turning into some kind of half-bird mutant superhero baby. The best guess about what happened is that Mya had swallowed the feather, because when a baby sees literally anything, the only question in their mind is, "Should I eat that?" And unfortunately the answer is always yes. It got stuck in her throat, and her body tried to eject it via the most direct route. Normally that would mean coughing it up, but apparently whoever is in charge of this baby's biology was like, "Nah, just shove it out her neck sideways; it'll be fine."
And, yes, bird-baby is doing well.
Maggots Can Totally Infest Your Mouth
A 10-year-old girl from Brazil had been complaining about something wriggling around inside her mouth for so long that her mother eventually took her to the dentist, in much the same way that you might take your kid to a police station to scare them straight. But instead of giving the girl a stern talking to about making up ridiculous lies, the dentist inspected her gums ...
Spoiler: The dentist isn't the scariest figure in this tale.
... and found that they were crawling with maggots.
Wait, that's not the worst part. See, if you're expecting some crazy once-in-a-century story about how the larvae wound up there through a series of hugely unlikely accidents, we have bad news for you. The reality is that mouth maggots is a common enough problem that it has its own medical term: oral myiasis.
Seriously, you do NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES want to click the play- *sigh* Too late.
Basically, if you have bad oral hygiene and you sleep with your mouth open in a place where bugs have access to your face, you have at least a small risk of having squirming larvae turn your gums into a writhing orgy. Your mouth is wet, warm, and full of soft flesh they can munch on. All they need is an opportunity.
In another case, an 81-year-old woman checked in to a medical center complaining about bugs in her mouth, which probably had the doctors thinking dementia before anything else (again, we are slaves to what we want to believe). But a closer inspection revealed her mouth to be a maggot theme park, and they removed more than 60 of the squirmy bastards from her gums.
For more reasons why nature is vile and needs to be burned with fire, check out 7 Adorable Animals That Spawn Terrifying Babies and The 7 Most Terrifying Mouths In Nature.
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