A young bride has relived the moment she spotted a blood-sucking leech under her wedding dress shortly after dancing for the first time with her new husband.
Madalyn Wise, from Queensland, said she and husband Jayden were taken to a “muddy grass” area for an intimate wedding photo shoot after they tied the knot in the NSW hinterland in April 2021.
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Watch in the video above: Bride shares moment she spotted leech under skirt
Three hours later, she was on the dance floor with friends and family when her quick-thinking mother-in-law pulled her into the dressing room after finding blood on her white wedding dress.
At first, Madalyn thought the stress she experienced before the wedding had triggered the “early stages”.
But upon closer inspection, her mother-in-law found leeches, including a “fat and thick” leech behind her knee joint.
“There were three leeches — one under my feet, one in my knee socket, like my knee armpit, and one crawling up my leg,” Madalin said. Douyin video.
“That fat guy was covered in blood and fell off my leg and onto the dance floor, which is why my clothes started bleeding. It stayed in my knee pit for about three hours.
“I know what you’re thinking, ‘How do you know it’s been on you for three hours?’ That’s because the leeches are so thick, and when they get that thick, it means they’ve filled up. The leeches reach Its capacity, it fills up, and it falls off again.”
Madalyn said she suspected the leech had crawled up her leg when she was photographed in the wet.
“The leech climbed up my leg”
“We had a lot of rain on the eve of our wedding…so during the photoshoot we did have to get into some really long, muddy grass to get some nice shots,” she explained.
“Basically, I think what happened was we went to take this photo in the afternoon and at some point during the shoot, as we were walking through the muddy grass, the leech came up on my leg.
“From the photo shoot to our first dance, the leech was there. So it was really on me throughout my entire reception – the entire dinner, the speech and our first dance.”
After a few minutes of dancing with her new husband in front of guests outside, everyone returned to the barn where they “danced the night”.
“I think I’ve been dancing a song or two with my friends and all of a sudden my mother-in-law grabbed me and she was like ‘follow me’…and she started lifting my skirt, ‘ recalled Madalyn.
Upon inspection, they found two leeches on her – a third was found on the dance floor.
“Why don’t I feel it? That’s because when leeches attach to you, they release something in their saliva, a numbing agent,” Madalyn explained.
According to Healthline, leeches have powerful suction cups that attach to the skin and extract blood. Leech saliva is said to contain analgesic properties that can numb the area it locks into so that you can’t feel anything.
“Nobody has a leech problem except me”
“I was the only person at a wedding who had this problem with leeches. None of my guests or staff had leeches. No one had leeches except me,” Madalin said.
Her wedding coordinator drained the blood from her dress as her photographer bandaged her leg.
“They were so good. So when my wedding coordinator realized what was going on, she took a bucket of water and mixed it with some baking soda from the kitchen so she could sponge off all the stains from the dress, “she says.
Her husband stayed with her as the events unfolded.
“He was really supportive, but I’ll never forget the look on his face the first time he came in and saw me,” she said.
“We ended the night just dancing and hanging out with the guests and I showed everyone my bandaged legs. I ended up putting my clothes back on because all the stains were off.”
She added: “I think the whole thing was so random, so shocking, that it happened. No one knew how to react.”
After the wedding night, Madalyn said everything was “fine” – but the affected area on her leg did feel itchy.
“There’s always something going wrong at your wedding, right?” she said with a smile.
Her video, released on May 26, has been viewed more than 20 million times.