A pageant mother from Florida, USA, fed her teenage daughter tapeworms to help her slim down for a competition, a nurse has revealed.
According to the Dailymail, Maricar Cabral-Osori told how she admitted the girl to the ER with severe stomach cramps and initially suspected she was pregnant – something an ultrasound ruled out.
However, the cause of the pain became clear when the nurse later found the teenager screaming over a toilet bowl full of tapeworms, she recalled on a recent episode of Untold Stories of the ER.
Ms Cabral-Osori said the girl’s mother, ‘who turned white’, admitted buying tapeworm eggs in Mexico and feeding them to her daughter. The eggs hatched after the girl ingested them.
She said: ‘The mom was apologizing to the girl.
‘She’s like, ”I’m so sorry. You know, I just did it to make you a little skinnier. You needed some help before we went on to the pageant”,’ Gawker reported.
Ms Cabrai-Osori said the teenager had passed the tapeworms, some of which were ‘very long and trying to get out of the toilet bowl’.