We are all anxious about some part of us that we were born with, and can do little,to remedy the situation. In reality, the majority of us are blessed. There are people out there that could only wish that their biggest concern was their nose or their height.Seriously, you don’t even know how good you’ve got it when compared to some of the body deformities that affects people all over the world. People who have these genetic mutations are sharing their stories in hopes of raising awareness about the “new normal” when it comes to bodies. Some of the mutations affect other animals as well. After you see these 10 mutations, your idea of normal will be flipped upside down.
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1.Nipple on the foot
A 22-year-old woman sought medical care for a lesion in her left foot, a well-formed nipple surrounded by areola and hair. Microscopic examination of the dermis showed hair follicles, eccrine glands, and sebaceous glands. Fat tissue was noted at the base of the lesion. Clinical and histopathologic findings were consistent with the diagnosis of supernumerary breast tissue, also known as pseudomamma. This is the first report of supernumerary breast tissue on the foot.
2.Baby with Three Arms
The 2-month-old baby named Liu Junjie from China, was born with a third arm in 2006. Doctors successfully removed the extremely rare and well-developed third arm, but the baby required long-term physical therapy to gain function in his remaining hand, which has no palm and flexes in either direction. “We’re hoping to exchange information with doctors who’ve dealt with similar cases anywhere in the world,” said Chen, head of the orthopedics department at Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. “This is so rare that we have virtually no information to go on.”
3.Feet facing backwards
Wang Fang of China, was born with this rare disorder which caused her feet to grow backwards.When she was born,she was told that she wouldn’t be able to walk properly but she has been as normal as any other human being.”I can run faster than most of my friends and have a regular job as a waitress in the family restaurant” says Fang.
In 2006, a bizarre-looking baby was born in Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha district, Nepal attracting a huge number of onlookers to witness the astonishing sight.The neck-less baby with its head almost totally sunk into the upper part of the body and with extraordinarily large eyeballs literally popping out of the eye-sockets. The baby, however, died after half an hour of its birth.The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd. The baby has a condition called anencephaly, a neural tube defect (like the cyclops baby), with no proper brain formation.
This baby was born with a only one eye in India. Staff who helped deliver the child believe that the child’s condition was caused by an experimental anti-cancer drug. Or it could also be the result of a chromosomal disorder. The child was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder which is known as cyclopia. She was born with a single eye in the center of her forehead, no nose and her brain fused into a single hemisphere. With such severe deformities, it was a miracle that the girl survived even a few minutes after delivery. The baby died later.
6.World’s Largest Hand
Lui Hua suffers from a rare condition known as macrodactyly. When he was hospitalized in Shanghai on July 2007, his left thumb measured 10.2 inches and his index finger measured close to 12. On July 20 surgeons undertook a seven-hour operation to reduce the size of Liu’s fingers and thumb. Doctors removed 11 pounds of flesh and bone in the procedure. A second surgery is scheduled to take place. Enlarged limbs can be caused by a number of medical conditions. Lymphedema is perhaps the most common cause and results in some extraordinarily enlarged limbs.
A 101-year-old woman in China had grown a six-centimeter-long horn from her forehead and it looks like another one may be sprouting on the other side of her head.Centenarian Zhang Ruifang, of Linlou Village in China’s Henan Province, first started developing the strange growth in 2009, when a patch of rough skin appeared on the left side of her forehead. Her youngest son, 60-year-old Zhang Guozheng, said that when the growth first appeared they “didn’t pay too much attention to it. But as time went on, a horn grew out of her head.” The condition has left her family worried especially now that it seems that she is developing a second horn on the right side of her forehead to match the first.
8.Blue Skin, a real-life Smurf
This condition is caused by the ingestion of silver, the Argyria’s most dramatic symptom is that the skin becomes blue or bluish-grey colored. Paul Karason, a 40 year-old who’s skin turned blue after he used colloidal silver to ease his ailments. It started a decade ago, when he saw an ad in a new-age magazine promising health and rejuvenation through colloidal silver. Karason sent away for a kit for making colloidal silver,a home brew of microscopic silver particles suspended in water. For a while, he was drinking at least 10 ounces a day as a cure for arthritis. “I had arthritis in my shoulders so bad I couldn’t pull a T-shirt off. And the next thing I knew, it was just gone.” he explained the media, but these claims have no basis in science and after a couple of months, his whole skin turned blue. “I kind of hoped it would fade off!” But it didn’t fade off. Argyria is permanent.
9. Overly sensitive skin
Ariana Page Russell’s skin swells up into welts with a slight scratch. her condition is known as dermatographia. It is a rare condition where the skin is overly sensitive to minor injuries; even light scratches will cause it to become red and raised. The person’s immune system exhibits hypersensitivity, via skin, that releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the skin’s surface is lightly scratched. The artist has turned her body into a canvas, tracing intricate patterns and words onto her legs, arms and torso.She uses a blunt knitting needle to trace her art works and the condition, dermatographia, means her skin swells up in five minutes.
10.13-inch Tailed Man
Chandre Oram, a tea-estate worker of India has a 13-inch tail.Oram’s family is proud of his tail and has turned down offers from doctors for its removal by surgery. “He will not survive without his tail. It has become part of his being, his existence,” said one of his sister. Doctors say that true tails are rare. But they are located in the coccygeal end of the vertebral column whereas Oram’s tail shoots out from the lumbar region. “The coccyx is a vestige in humans and we stopped growing tails from that region a long time ago when we evolved from monkeys. Oram’s case seems an aberration, an offshoot of a congenital defect,” said eminent surgeon Dr B Ramana. The medical community reads the monkey man’s case as a spina bifida — a defect in the bone of the spine covered by a hole with lots of hair covering it.