She said: ‘My Mum asked her “Can you see what it is?” and the doctor said “If you don’t mind I’d prefer to speak to the registrar before I tell you anything”.

‘My Mum said “Please tell us” and that’s when the doctor said “You’ve got maggots in your ear”. I burst into tears instantly.’

Doctors tried to get the maggots out but the more medics delved into her ear, the more the larvae retreated into Rochelle’s head.