Man who survived week in ditch helped by maggots

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 07:01:48-05

A 70-year-old man who survived a week outdoors after falling into a ditch last summer says he likely received some help from the maggots that got into his open wounds.

Don Farrell was injured when he fell into a weed-filled ditch on Aug. 9 while walking in the woods near his home in the town of Avon.

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Unable to get back up, Farrell spent a week eating leaves and drinking rainwater. One of the people searching for him discovered him on Aug. 16.

Farrell spent a month in a hospital recovering from his ordeal. He tells WHAM-TV that his doctors told him his survival was likely aided by the maggots that got into his wounds and eliminated harmful bacteria.




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