Disabled Austrian eaten to death by maggots: police

Jul 28, 2010

A paralysed Austrian man was eaten to death by maggots in his bed while his partner slept beside him, police said Wednesday.

The 61-year-old retiree died in an ambulance on his way to hospital in Vienna on Tuesday with the having partly devoured his back.

Paramedics notified police after discovering the shocking state of hygiene in the man's home, and his 34-year-old partner was questioned over his condition.

"The man had not wanted to be washed for a long time," a police spokesman said.

According to police, the couple had been together for around a decade, and the victim's partner had slept in the same bed right up until his death.

The dead man had been paralysed for several years following a .

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JamesThomas
5 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2010
It's more likely that the maggots were the only ones doing any house-cleaning and were eating just the already dead tissue which staved off gangrene.

I'm going to go puke now.
gurloc
not rated yet Jul 28, 2010
Maggots tend to feed on both living and dead tissue and cause death through bacterial infection.

The ones used for medical therapy are a specific species that only eat necrotic tissue.
MikeMike
not rated yet Jul 28, 2010
Why is this article posted? Give us research results, not tabloid trash!
kivahut
not rated yet Jul 29, 2010
mmmmmm, I think I'll have some risotto now.
topor
Jul 29, 2010
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