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Medical Oddities

At times nature can be very cruel. Odd genetic defects and conditions can take place and many do on a daily basis. When you are carrying a child, you have high hopes this child will be born normal with two arms and legs, ten fingers and ten toes, two eyes and a nose, but in the case of Lakshmi a two year old little girl from India this is not the case. This little girl was born with four arms and four legs. Genetic defects play all the parts in this game and this little one has been thought to be a reincarnation of the Hindu Goddess Vishnu. Lakshmi recently under went the surgery necessary to make her a normal child with only two arms and two legs.

Dede Koswara has a rare genetic defect known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis that makes it impossible for his body to fight off various strains of HPV.  Dede has become an Internet sensation along with television documentaries made about his condition and treatments that have been tried to help with his defect. He has been described as half man and half tree. Till date doctors have not found a cure for his condition.

Polydactyly is a condition in which extra digits are present on hands or feet. In most cases the extra digit is unusable and removed at an early age. This condition is rare in humans, but very common in cats, and is not at all unusual for them to be born with three or more extra digits on each paw.

Jesus Aceves is only one member of his family to have a rare condition known as hypertrichosis. This condition causes hair to grow very thick and all over the face. Jesus attempted to shave his face and get a regular job, but he learned very fast that it would be much easier for him to become one of the acts in the sideshow. Several members of his  family have the same condition.

There are so many different examples of the cruelty of nature sometimes and this was just a few, but with medicine and the people who study it many of these conditions can be fixed or made easier to live with.

1 comment

1 RAVEN { 11.17.10 at 3:14 pm }

This is a horrible affliction. Unfortunately for those in 3rd world countries, there’s no medical care they can afford.

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