In the history of medicine, so many medical oddities, miraculous recoveries, strange questions and unresolved secrets were recorded, that millions of articles and books were written. Although oddities are undesirable for a scientific approach, but the manifestations of miracles make someone happy and strengthen their faith.
Unfortunately, many medical secrets remain unresolved. It’s not always possible to put together parts of the picture of an intriguing puzzle. A person begins to understand that he still has a lot to learn about what once seemed to be finally studied – about our body.
An example of this is the ten most shocking medical stories proving the mysteriousness of man and his incredible possibilities.
Coma coming out after 19 years.
The story of leaving the coma after many years is not entirely unusual. But always such cases are attracted, because people seem to sweep through time. This happened to the Polish railway worker, who had been unconscious for 19 years. The story began in the 1980s, when Poland was under the control of the communist regime. The entangled country has entered a period of despair and poverty. Railwayman Jan Grziski received a severe head injury from the fastening of the car. He was taken to the hospital, where the doctors informed the family of the sad news. In addition to injuries sustained at work due to an accident, Ian suffered from brain cancer. A man fell into a coma for a long 19 years. Doctors believed that he could not live more than three years. However, the family of Jan and his wife believed that he could recover. The patient was surrounded by care and all that is necessary for survival. The story ended in an amazing way – Mr. Grzhpenski came to life on April 12, 2007, after 19 years of coma. The doctors just spread their hands. The world around became completely different, capitalism and democracy came. What was the worker’s surprise when he learned that communism had fallen for 18 years, and 11 grandchildren were waiting for him at home. Jan said: “Today I’m amazed that all these people who walk around with mobile phones are constantly complaining about something, but I have nothing to complain about.” Such a statement is a valuable reminder for all those who are dissatisfied with life. Unfortunately, we often do not appreciate the simplest things in life until we lose them. Children with werewolf syndrome.
Of course, the Indian boy Prithviraj Patil and the Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan have their dreams. They behave the same way as any other children around the world – like to play and swim, draw and eat ice cream. But their peers are distinguished by an unusual congenital disease – hypertrichosis, also known as werewolf syndrome. This terrible disease is quite rare and unusual. Since 1638, only 50 such cases have been recorded. Children suffer from uncontrolled growth of their hair. As a result, thick strands of fur, like animal fur, cover their heads and body parts. Neither medicine nor science could find the answer about the origin of such an anomaly. So sad to read the newspaper headlines about these children “half human, half wolf,” “real wolf.” Such people suffer no longer from the syndrome itself, but from a cruel society. Man is the conductor of the current.
Sometimes people draw public attention, stating that they can control electricity. One of these “wizards” is José Rafael Marquez Ayala. This Puerto Rican resident seems to be a human superconductor, since he can pass through his body a huge amount of electric current. Jose maintains a variety of effects of this kind, without getting any damage and without side effects. At the same time, he can even set fire to his paper. If this story is real, then it is truly amazing.
Wonderful recovery after falling from the 47th floor.
The New York Daily News reported that on December 7, 2007, the brothers Alcides and Edgar Moreno worked on the platform, washing the windows of one of the skyscrapers of the city.Suddenly, the 5-meter structure collapsed down from a height of 47 floors. Edgar died on the spot, but Alcides managed to survive by deceiving death. Doctors made at least 16 surgeries – the patient broke his ribs, both his legs and his right arm, while severely injuring his spine. Physicians describe the restoration of the victim, not otherwise than “miraculous” and “unprecedented.” According to their estimates, Alcides Moreno will completely restore her health within two years.
A teenager who lived 118 days without a heart.
Jeanne Simmons of South Carolina is a walking medical miracle. The girl was able to live about four months without a heart, while waiting for a new organ to replace her, damaged. Simmons suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which means a weak and dilated heart, which simply could not effectively pump the blood. Surgeons from the Children’s Hospital of Miami Holtz performed the initial transplant on July 2, 2008, but the heart stopped working and was quickly removed. Jeanne herself continued to live without a heart, and her blood was pumped artificially, with the help of pumps. Dr. Ricci, director of pediatric cardiac surgery, says: “She essentially lived for 118 days without a heart, her blood circulation was supported by only two pumps.”
Life without pain.
Gabby Gigras is an energetic 9-year-old child who does not differ from his peers in appearance. But the girl differs from most of us in a very rare and unusual disease, known as CIPA. It is a congenital insensitivity to pain, accompanied by anhidrosis. Throughout the world, only 100 cases of such a disease have been documented. Gabby came into the world without the ability to feel pain, cold and heat. To many, such a gift may seem surprising, but in fact, such a state is quite devastating. Pain sensitivity is important because the pain works in a manner similar to the prevention and defense mechanism. Parents Gabby noticed something wrong when their daughter was five months old. The child for some reason bit his fingers to the blood. Later, the unfortunate child even lost his eye and suffered severe wounds due to excessive scratching and scratches. To protect Gaby from such incidents, a number of measures were taken. Desperate parents did everything possible to ensure that the child could live in such difficult conditions. Bold Gabby became the main character of the documentary “Life Without Pain” directed by Melody Gilbert. It tells the story of an unhappy girl.
Allergy to water.
Water is an integral part of our life. We take hot baths, brush our teeth, clean the house, or simply quench our thirst with it. People simply can not live without water. The more interesting are the cases of diseases when an allergic reaction is observed to this fluid. Do you want to – believe it or not – but some people suffer from rare forms of urticaria, known as “Water Urticaria” and “Water Itch”. Both are allergic reactions to water. They are so unusual that there are no more than 40 such cases in the world. Examples include Ashley Morris, a 21-year-old Australian and Mikaela Dutton, a 23-year-old Englishwoman. Girls have a rare kind of allergy, the only case of 230 million skin diseases is water urticaria. If water gets on their body, then itchy red stripes, swellings and blisters will appear all over the body. For both girls, the shower is a painful torture. Mikaela can not drink water, coffee or tea, she can not even eat fruit. These products cause burning, a rash on the skin, and the throat swells. But the body seems to be tolerant of the dietary cola. Ashley also tries to avoid contact with water as much as possible – she stopped doing sports and any physical activity that could cause sweat. Water urticaria is such a rare disease that doctors can not even fully understand the complex mechanism of this strange skin disease.
A family that can not sleep.
FFI stands for fatal familial insomnia – a rare genetic disorder. Those who suffer from FFI are constantly trying to fall asleep, but they can not do it. The disease steals not only sleep, but the mind. Ultimately, life turns into a continuous twilight world for a few months before death. 29-year-old Cheryl Dinges is one of the members of the whole family, suffering from such a syndrome. All her relatives carry the FFI gene. Such conditions are so rare that around 40 such families are known throughout the world. Fatal family insomnia has already killed the mother of the girl, her grandfather and uncle. She herself refuses to check, even knowing that her sister did not inherit the ill-fated gene. FFI begins with mild cramps, panic attacks and insomnia. Over time, patients begin to suffer from hallucinations, and insomnia becomes so serious that people are no longer able to sleep. Eventually, patients go crazy and eventually die. The mutated protein was called PrPSc. If the mutated gene is only present in one of the parents, the child gets a 50% chance of inheriting and developing FFI. Children are butterflies.
The sad story of Sarah and Joshua Thurmond began when doctors diagnosed them with Epidermolysis bullosa (congenital pemphigus, EB), a rare genetic disease. It is characterized not only by blisters throughout the body, but also by the extreme fragility of the skin. Erosions and blisters are caused by the absence of a fibrous protein in the skin layer, which is responsible for the strong connection of the tissues. Joshua suffers from one of the heaviest forms of EB. His sister also carried the disease, but she died at the age of 20 in 2009. Medical research shows that people born with EB live on average up to 30 years, and the maximum reached age is 40 years. “Children with Silk Skin,” “Crystal Children’s Skin,” and “Children-Butterflies,” such terms are used to describe the unfavorable conditions in which small patients have to live. Their skin is sensitive, like butterfly wings. The slightest pressure can cause painful wounds. Bold Sarah and Joshua learned to live in a state of constant and extreme pain. To alleviate their suffering and prevent infection, children are forced to wear special bandages. Unfortunately, there is currently no medication for EB. These children will never know how to run, swim or jump perfectly.
Birth of a mummy.
Zahra Abutalib, from Morocco, gave birth to a child she had nurtured for almost half a century. This shocking story began in 1955, when Zahra began to give birth. She was taken to the hospital, and after the examination the woman was offered a cesarean section. But then Zahra saw how her neighbor in the ward died because of a serious operation. The woman decided to abandon the help of doctors and give birth to herself. Zahra was taken back to her small village outside of Casablanca. Soon the pains left, and the child stopped moving. The woman decided that the baby “fell asleep.” This view may seem absurd to us, but according to folk Moroccan beliefs, “sleeping children” can live in the womb of a woman, protecting her honor. When a woman turned 75 years old, painful pains occurred again. Doctors conducted an ultrasound study and found that her “sleeping baby” actually turned out to be a case of an ectopic pregnancy. Surprisingly, not even how Zahra survived, but the fact that the dead fetus was adopted by the body as another organ. Under normal conditions, if the growing fetus is not detected in time, then deformation and rupture of the female organs containing it will occur. Then the mother has little chance of surviving. In the case of Zakhra, the doctors conducted a five-hour operation and obtained a calcified fetus. He weighed more than 2 kilograms, and in length was about 40 centimeters. Infant fattening is an extremely rare medical phenomenon. The Royal Medical Society testifies that only 290 such cases have been documented.