Who does not like to be healthy, strong and nice-looking? Everyone would like to be attractive and physically fit. But we don’t always get what we want in life. From accidents to medical conditions, many factors can lead to deformity. In this article, you will discover 7 deformities that are not only extremely rare but also very strange.
- The Portuguese Man with No Face
This case is unique in the medical world: a man from Portugal, named Jose, has a facial tumor that weights 12 lbs. and measures 15 cm in diameter. The tumor covers his entire face, leaving him completely disfigured and scary to some. “Children see me and start crying. They probably think I’m an animal,” he said.
The tumor was just a mark when Jose was born. As he grew up, by age 11, the vascular malformation on his lip started to develop abnormally. At 16, the tumor already expanded considerably and bled very often, particularly at sleep. Over time, the expansion destroyed the right eye, extended over his mouth, tongue, and lips, crushing his gums and causing loss of teeth.
The tumor reached that stage due to misdiagnosis, medical misinformation, financial problems and religious beliefs. Vascular tumors are congenital and usually removed at a very young age in Portugal. Jose is a Jehovah’s Witness. Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse transfusions of whole blood, red and white corpuscles, platelets and plasma. He therefore refused a British surgeon who offered to operate him. Now a group of physicians in London decided to remove the tumor bit by bit, with no transfusion.
But the problem may not be over yet. Even after their removal, his type of tumor can relapse, impairing facial nerve functions (like the ability to swallow, speak or smile) or causing heart and lung problems.
- Filipino Man with Massive Elephantiasis
Gerald Coronado is a 21-year-old man from the Philippines. He has been suffering with elephantiasis for six years. The affected leg has become so big that he can no longer walk.
Elephantiasis is a severe enlargement and hardening of any limb or organ of the body due to accumulated trapped fluid. According to Geraldo family, he has suffered from the swollen elephant leg for 6 years, and already underwent several surgical procedures but the inflammation kept coming back, more aggressively.
It came to a point where his family could not afford to pay for the treatment. Many Officials and people in the community intervene to help send Geraldo to hospital. He’s not receiving proper care at Vicente Sotto Memorial Hospital, where he is due to undergo surgeries and obtain necessary medications.
- 17 inches Feet Man Begs for Amputation
Jeffrey Ortega, now 26, is a very young man who has plenty to do with his feet but he’s begging for amputation.
He was born with Proteus Syndrome, a rare and progressive medical condition characterized by overgrowth of skin, bones, muscles, fatty tissues, and blood and lymphatic vessels. It causes Jeffrey legs to grow out of proportion to the rest of his body.
Jeffrey’s left foot measures 17 inches in circumference, the right foot, smaller, is 14.5 inches in circumference and 12 inches long. Therefore, he has to wear a special pair of size 16 Crocs which was given to him by the National Institute of Health in 2005.
The legs has continued to grow and he’s constantly pain. He wanted to get his left foot amputated in order to relieve the pain and stop the growth. The procedure would cost about $40,000, including prosthetics and physical therapy. He asked the public to help on GoFundme and raised $45,700.
- Ugandan Boy Whose Legs Weigh More Than He Does
Vincent Oketch is an African boy affected by flesh-eating bacteria infection that causes his legs to swell and weight more than his own body. His parents detected the problem when he was 1. As I was writing the script, he is 10 and still there is no real diagnostic yet. It is theorized Vincent was born with a lymphatic problem that causes his legs to swell over time.
Meanwhile, the boy is not able to walk and can barely crawl. Due to his outsized legs, he cannot wear pants or shorts, but only girl’s dresses and skirts.
African Doctors and parents appeal for help from professionals who can help. One of the physicians, Dr Osire said: “We’re extremely grateful for any help. We urgently need outside medical advice because the case may be too complicated to be treated locally. I want to do whatever I can to save this boy, and give him the chance of a normal life.”
Meanwhile, the boy is fighting for his life, and time is running out. Conflicting diagnoses and lack of medical facilities have made the situation worst. The only option his local health care providers have left to save his life is amputation.
- Filipino man’s face swells to 3 times its normal Size
Everything started when Romulo Pilapil began experiencing itchy eyes and running nose about 3 years ago. At first, his physician believed it was a sinus problem. But sinusitis medications failed to work, and within a few weeks his face began to swell.
Medical professionals in the island where he lives, island of Leyte, were baffled by the condition and recommended him to a more advanced medical center in Manila. As he could not afford to pay for the treatment, his entire head became so inflamed that Romulo lost his eyesight.
As of today, while I am writing, Mr. Romulo Pilapil was still waiting and hoping someone would help. If you can help or have any update on his condition, kindly share it below.
- Man with Upside-down Head
Claudio Vieira de Oliveira was born with a condition that fuses joints, leaving him unable to use his limbs. He was born with his head upside-down. But Claudio is a fighter; he has defied physicians who told his parent to let him die. He is now an accountant and public speaker.
He states: “I don’t see things upside-down. This is one of the things I always talk about in my interventions as a public speaker.
“Nowadays it’s much easier to deal with the public, I’m not afraid of it anymore and I can say that I am a professional, international public speaker and that I receive invitations from all over the world.”
Despite his physical limitations, he manages to live a good life. He graduates from the State University of Feira de Santana where he regularly gives motivational talks until today. He types with a pen in his mouth, and uses computer mouse and phones with lips.
- African Boy Legs Bent Backward
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” was asked Ulrich who was 12 at that time. “I want to stand tall like my friends,” he replied with a smile with a smile on his face.
Ulrich was born with an advanced deformity known as quadriceps contracture which dislocated knees, causing them to bend drastically backward. But the mother, Georgette, did not give up hope one day her son will walk. She desperately tried to find a surgeon capable of helping Ulrich to walk and function like the other boys his age.
Meanwhile, spite of constant ridicules and harassments, Ulrich managed to adapt to the difficult lifestyle and learned to walk with sticks. It came to a point where he started experiencing pain in his hands and joints from supporting his body weight. He said: “I was worried that if I was feeling such pain now, it was only going to get worse as I got older.”
He also said: “I was scared to grow up like that. I didn’t want this to be all my life was ever going to be.”
But as they say: “Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” Indeed, Ulrich underwent surgeries, and he can now walk and stand tall.
A surgeon from the United States, Dr. Frank Haydon who has volunteered with Mercy Ships for eight years, heard about the situation decided to help by performing the surgery at no cost onboard Africa Mercy, a 16,572 Tons hospital ship belonging to Mercy Ships.
Complete restoration required several major surgeries, but at the end, Ulrich wake up from the anesthesia with two straight legs in casts. The operations were successful. Before he left the Africa Mercy, he slowly walked Dr. Frank Haydon and handed him his old walking sticks. He will not need them anymore.
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