Shocking video has emerged which shows a baby so badly infested with worms that the creatures are eating holes in her face.
The four-month-old is so badly infested that she cannot open her right eye and the worms be seen wriggling in a wound by her left ear.
And the worms have been feeding on the tiny child’s flesh.
Her desperate mother rushed the child to hospital on Tuesday morning but by the next day, the open wound by her ear had already increased in size.
Local media reports that both mother and daughter are indigenous and live in the Indigenous Health Support House (Casai), in Porto Velho.
A lack of anaesthetics at the hospital meant that surgery was delayed for the tot, according to local media.
Porto Velho is the capital of the Brazillian state of Rondonia, in the upper Amazon river basin.
According to the 2010 census, 426,558 people live in the city, which is an important trading center for the mineral cassiterite, a major component of tin.
There are about 240 indigenous tribes living in Brazil today, totaling around 900,000 people, or 0.4% of Brazil’s population, according to indigenous rights charity Survival International .
Brazil’s indigenous population was largely killed by European diseases since they arrived in 1500.
The indigenous population declined from millions to some 300,000 by 1997 although the number could be much higher if the urban indigenous populations are counted.
Brazilian indigenous people have contributed hugely to medical knowledge used today by pharmaceutical companies.
Indigenous knowledge has also supported the domestication of crops such as tobacco and cassava.