- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

AVON, N.Y. (AP) - A 70-year-old western New York 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 (A’-vahn), 20 miles south of Rochester.

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 (https://bit.ly/1mZKzYA ) 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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Information from: WHAM-TV, https://www.13wham.com

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