Backpacker had Three-inch Leech Alive up her Nose for A Month
Backpacker had Three-inch Leech Alive up her Nose for A MonthFacebook/ Daniela Liverani

A 24-year-old British backpacker, who had frequent nosebleeds, discovered a three-inch long leech living inside her nostrils for a month.

Daniela Liverani, originally from Glasgow, was travelling around south-east Asia when she started suffering nosebleeds, and found the actual reason when she returned home in Edinburgh.

Daily Record reports that Liverani felt some kind of lump lurking out of her nose while she was taking a shower. She thought it was a blood clot, which might have caused due to a motorbike accident she had a few days back.

"After I got home, the nosebleeds stopped and I started seeing something sticking out of my nostril. I just thought it was congealed blood from the nosebleeds."

Liverani later realised the lump was actually an animal when she found something sticking out of her bottom nose. 

She said, "I saw him so many times but I just sniffed him back up. I tried to blow him out and grab him but I couldn't get a grip of him before he retreated back up my nose."

Soon, she and her friend Jenny rushed to a nearby hospital and the doctor and nurse examined her nose using torch, forceps and tweezers, according to Mail Online.

She said, "It was agony - whenever the doctor grabbed him, I could feel the leech tugging at the inside of my nose."

After half an hour, the leech was out of her nose, which she described "as long as my forefinger and as fat as my thumb."

The doctor said Liverani that the creepy animal could have made its way into her brain, if she hadn't come to the hospital.

"He had been curled up in a big ball, using my nostril as a little nest, so Jenny and I called him Mr Curly. At one point, I could feel him up at my eyebrow," said Liverani.