Throughout the history of medicine, so many medical oddities, miraculous recoveries, strange questions and unresolved secrets have been recorded that millions of articles and books have been written. Although oddities are undesirable for the scientific approach, the manifestation of miracles makes someone happy and strengthens their faith.
Unfortunately, many medical secrets remain unresolved. It is not always possible to piece together the parts of an intriguing puzzle. A person begins to understand that he still has a lot to learn about what previously seemed to be finally studied - about our body.
An example of this are ten of the most shocking medical stories, proving the mystery of man and his incredible capabilities.
Coming out of a coma after 19 years. The story of coming out of a coma after many years is not entirely unusual. But such cases are always attractive, because a person seems to sweep through time. This happened to a Polish railroad worker who had been unconscious for 19 years. The story begins in the 1980s, when Poland was under communist rule. The confused country has entered a period of despair and poverty. Railroad worker Jan Grzebski received a severe head injury from the fastening of the carriage. He was taken to the hospital, where doctors told his family the sad news. In addition to being injured at work due to an accident, Yang suffered from brain cancer. The man fell into a coma for 19 years. The doctors believed that he would not be able to live more than three years. However, Yang's family and his wife believed that he would be able to recover. The patient was surrounded by care and everything that is necessary for survival. The story ended in an amazing way - Mr. Grzebski woke up on April 12, 2007, after 19 years of coma. The doctors just threw up their hands. The world around has become completely different, capitalism and democracy have come. Imagine the worker's surprise when he learned that communism had already fallen 18 years ago, and 11 grandchildren were waiting for him at home. Yang said, "Today it amazes me that all these people who walk around with their 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 unhappy with life. Unfortunately, we often do not appreciate the simplest things in life until we lose them.
Children with werewolf syndrome. Of course, Indian boy Prithviraj Patil and Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan have their own dreams. They behave just like any other children around the world - they love to play and swim, paint and eat ice cream. But they are distinguished from their peers 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 hair growth. As a result, thick strands like animal fur cover their heads and body parts. Neither medicine nor science could find an answer about the origin of such an anomaly. It’s so sad to read the newspaper headlines about these children, "half human, half wolf," "a real wolf cub." Such people no longer suffer from the syndrome itself, but from a cruel society.
Man is a conductor of current. Sometimes people get public attention by claiming that they can control electricity. One such "wizard" is Jose Rafael Marquez Ayala. This Puerto Rican appears to be a human superconductor, as he can pass a huge amount of electric current through his body. Jose can withstand various influences of this kind without getting any damage or side effects. In doing so, he can even set fire to paper with his fingers. 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, brothers Alcides and Edgar Moreno worked on the platform, cleaning the windows of one of the city's skyscrapers. Suddenly, a 5 meter structure collapsed down from a height of 47 floors. Edgar died on the spot, but Alcides managed to survive by cheating death. Doctors performed at least 16 operations - the patient broke his ribs, both legs and right arm during a fall, severely injuring his spine as well. Physicians describe the victim's recovery as "miraculous" and "unprecedented." According to their estimates, Alcides Moreno will fully recover his health within two years.
A teenager who has lived 118 days without a heart. Jeanne Simmons from South Carolina is a walking medical miracle. The girl was able to live for about four months without a heart while she was waiting for a new organ to replace her damaged one. Simmons suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which means a weak and enlarged heart that simply could not pump blood efficiently. Surgeons at Miami Holtz Children's Hospital performed the initial transplants 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, using pumps. Dr. Ricci, director of pediatric cardiac surgery, says: "She essentially lived 118 days without a heart, her blood circulation was maintained with only two pumps."
Life without pain. Gabby Gigrace is an energetic 9-year-old child who looks no different from her peers. But the girl differs from most of us in a very rare and unusual condition known as CIPA. It is congenital insensitivity to pain accompanied by anhidrosis. Worldwide, only 100 cases of this disease have been documented. Gabby was born without the ability to feel pain, cold and heat. Such a gift may seem surprising to many, but in fact, such a state is quite destructive. Pain sensitivity is important because pain works in a similar manner to prevention and defense mechanisms. Gabby's parents noticed something was wrong when their daughter was five months old. For some reason, the child bit his fingers until they bleed. Later, the unfortunate child even lost an eye and received severe wounds due to excessive scratching and scratching. A number of measures were taken to protect Gabrielle from such incidents. Desperate parents did their best to ensure that the child could live in such difficult conditions. Brave Gabby became the main character in the documentary "Life Without Pain" directed by Melody Gilbert. It tells the exciting 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 cannot live without water. All the more interesting are the cases of diseases when an allergic reaction is observed to this liquid. Believe it or not, some people suffer from rare forms of urticaria known as watery urticaria and watery itch. Both are allergic reactions to water. They are so unusual that no more than 40 such cases have been described in the world. Examples include Ashley Morris, 21, Australian, and Michaela Dutton, 23, English. Girls have a rare type of allergy, the only case of 230 million skin diseases is water urticaria. If water gets on their body, itchy red streaks, swelling and blisters will appear all over their body. For both girls, shower is a painful torture. Michaela cannot drink water, coffee or tea, she cannot even eat fruit. These foods cause burning, skin rashes, and swelling of the throat. But the body seems to be tolerant of Diet Coke. Ashley also tries to avoid contact with water as much as possible - she stopped playing sports and any physical activity that could cause sweat. Water urticaria is such a rare disease that doctors cannot fully understand the complex mechanism of this strange skin disorder.
A family that cannot sleep. FFI stands for Fatal Familial Insomnia, a rare genetic disorder. Those suffering from FFI are constantly trying to fall asleep, but cannot do it. Disease steals not only sleep, but also the mind. Ultimately, life turns into a continuous twilight world for several months before death. Sherrill Dinges, 29, is one of the family members with this syndrome. All of her relatives carry the FFI gene. Such conditions are so rare that only about 40 such families are known around the world. Fatal family insomnia has already killed the girl's mother, her grandfather and uncle. Cheryl herself refuses to check, even knowing that her sister did not inherit the ill-fated gene. FFI begins with mild seizures, panic attacks, and insomnia. Over time, patients begin to suffer from hallucinations, and insomnia becomes so severe that people are no longer able to sleep. Ultimately, patients go insane and eventually die. The mutated protein was named PrPSc. If only one of the parents has the mutated gene, then the child receives a 50% chance of inheriting and developing FFI.
Butterfly children. The sad story of Sarah and Joshua Thurmond began when doctors diagnosed them with Epidermolysis bullosa (congenital pemphigus, EB), a rare genetic disorder. It is characterized not only by blisters throughout the body, but also by the extreme fragility of the skin. Erosions and blisters occur due to the lack of fibrous protein in the skin layer, which is responsible for the strong connection of tissues. Joshua suffers from one of the most severe forms of EB. His sister also carried the disease, but she passed away at the age of 20 in 2009. Medical research shows that people born with EB live on average to 30 years, and the maximum age reached is 40 years. Silk-skinned babies, Crystal baby skin and Butterfly babies are terms used to describe the unfavorable conditions in which young patients have to live. Their skin is as sensitive as the wings of a butterfly. The slightest pressure can cause painful wounds. The brave Sarah and Joshua have learned to live in constant and extreme pain. To relieve their torment and prevent infection, children are forced to wear special bandages. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for EB. These kids will never learn how wonderful it is to run, swim or jump.
The birth of a mummy. Zahra Abutalib from Morocco gave birth to a child whom she carried for almost half a century. This shocking story began in 1955 when Zahra was in labor. She was taken to the hospital, and after being examined, the woman was offered a caesarean section. But then Zahra saw her roommate die due to a serious operation. The woman decided to refuse the help of doctors and give birth herself. Zahra was taken back to her small village outside Casablanca. Soon the pain went away, and the child stopped moving. The woman decided that the baby "fell asleep". Such a view may seem absurd to us, but according to popular Moroccan beliefs, "sleeping children" can live in a woman's womb, defending her honor. When the woman was 75 years old, the excruciating pains occurred again. Doctors performed an ultrasound scan and found that her "sleeping baby" was in fact an ectopic pregnancy. It's not even surprising how Zahra survived, but the fact that the dead fetus was accepted by the body as another organ. Under normal conditions, if an incorrectly 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 staying alive. In the case of Zakhra, the doctors performed a five-hour operation and took out the already calcified fetus. It weighed over 2 kilograms and was about 40 centimeters long. Petrification of infants is an extremely rare medical occurrence. The Royal Society of Medicine states that only 290 such cases have been documented.