When he arrived, surgeons put a tiny camera on one side of his eye, and used a laser to to cut a "Y" incision through the other side. They were able to find, and test the culprit -- a burrowing maggot.
"I can still see it (the incision)," Watson said. He survived largely unscathed, but now must wear glasses.
Watson was keen to tell his story on "Monsters Inside Me," a show he had often watched, but he had no idea how to reach producers.
"When the show first came out, my friends said you should do that, but I didn't have the patience to look for it and I gave up," he said. "Year after year went by and the show was still coming on. In a couple of months I moved to Memphis and my mom submitted the story and they called."
Today Watson, who said he wasn't paid to participate, is doing odd jobs in "hard housework," but he plans to go into the Air Force next year.
"I was lucky my eye doctor in Arkansas pretty much saved my vision," said Watson. "It really didn't affect me too much. But I got a sweet story to tell and I can make everyone laugh. I had a blast. I've always wanted to be on TV."
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