Modern-Day Elephant Man

Submitted by: fancylad 9 years ago in

A genetic disease left James O"Neal"s face horribly disfigured, but that could soon change. They can rebuild him!
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Female 700
cool. good for him! dont let it stop ya!
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Female 855
Ironman, watch out.
And I don`t think the eye patch hides much,
but what the hey.
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Female 943
too bad they didnt show him after his surgery.
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Female 309
So cheesy it`s unbearable.
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Female 262
I am glad he works, I am pleased that childrren that go there see he has a character rather than his facial features, an I am thankful people care.

Why is this not aw of the day?

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Male 114
cool! I wanna go see him :-P I work on an ambulance all over the county and that`s in my area! albeit a little out of the way... I think it`d be cool to see him there :-P he`s an interweb phenomenon!
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Male 75
THAT`S SO RAD!
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Female 415
I just had a really crappy day. But this just made me smile. Its good to know that there are people that actually give a crap about other human beings. It just makes me smile
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Female 513
opiebreath; no. His tumors stopped growing when he reached puberty. It`s unlikely they`ll regrow after they are removed.
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Male 36
^^ im no doctor so this is a guess but i dont think so, when other people get plastic surgery its permanent (i guess james could be different because of his condition though)
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Female 15,763
Won`t it slowly get worse again after the surgery though?
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Male 1,496
We have the technology!
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Female 513
Willowpuff, I thought that would be a conflict of interest. I know here in Canada it`s frowned upon to provide any medical services to family members. Such as a father operating on his daughter or a husband writing a prescription for wife etc.

As for Joseph Merrick, the characteristics of his disorder are different than what this gentleman has. Joseph Merrick wasn`t just afflicted with tumors, but mutating bone tissue which is common with proteus syndrome. What`s also different is that unlike neurofibromatosis, proteus is a multisystem syndrome. It affects the lymphatic system, nervous system, bones, skin, fatty tissues, muscles, and blood. Neurofibromatosis only affects the lymphatic system.

Neurofibromatosis is also hereditary, it isn`t known it proteus is or isn`t, though.

Joseph Merrick died, incidentally, as a result of his head dislocating from his neck during his sleep due to its massive weight.

Anyone interested SHOULD see `The Elephant Man`. One of the best films e

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Female 1,211
That`s really cool. Bless his soul. :)
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Female 23
ahh, liveleak. I remember when it was ogrish.
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Female 2,220
As soppy as this sounds... what an inspiring man!

shortsagitar, my cousin has neurofibromatosis, and her dad is a doctor so he can legally take them off himself. How handy.
AKappy - hahahaah

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Female 675
actually with Neurofibromatosis (i have it so yea)the tumors can keep growing until they get removed (the 200lb tumor... yes she had Neurofibromatosis) the small tumors it can cause are called neurofibromas

YAY for pseudoarthrosis of the ulna! (thats me!)

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Male 2,616
I almost got killed by lawn darts when I was a baby... since that is obviously on-topic.
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Male 60
how can u tell kikij??
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Male 1,053
aWWWW, kinda sad :/
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Female 2,672
im haffway there....
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Female 311
They think that Joseph Merrick (the English and original Elephant man) had Proteus Syndrome not Neurofibramitosis.

Joseph Merrick probably would have been a very nice looking man if he hadn`t had this disease.
http://www.aboyd.com/merrick/images/elep...

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Female 513
Matwix, you`re right in that elephantiasis is properly known as neurofibrome; the `iasis` being misleading since neurofibrome is brought on by parasitic worms and is not a process or resulting condition. Neurofibrome is also called lymphatic filariasis because the parasitic worms attack a person`s lymphatic system, sending it into over drive. Most of the swelling is a result of edema, which is watery fluid collection resulting in swelling. Examples of mild cases are on a sweltering hot or humid day, you might notice your ankles and feet swollen. That`s pedal edema. It`s common in pregnant women and people with hypertension and hyperlipidemia among other medical issues.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder which causes tumors to grow. Tumors are not cysts; they are the over-growing of body tissues. They can be malignant or benign but the case of Neurofibromatosis, they are benign and usually stop growing when the patient hits puberty.

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Female 649
awwh that`s nice. :D
(not the deformity, but the fact that people want to help him, because he`s a nice guy and works well etc etc)
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Male 1,455
Safeway is just in this for PR. If they really cared about him, they would have put forward money years ago. Instead, they only pay up when he`s in the limelight. Typical.
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Male 77
"Make others feels less crappy about themselves?"

I`d like to think he shows people that it`s what you do that counts, not how you look.

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Male 995
"It`s what you James, do for them!"
Make others feels less crappy about themselves?
Yay for journalism, demagogy all the way!
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Male 2,551
For those who want to know;
Elephantiasis is where the skin and underlying tissues thicken, mostly happening on the legs and genitals, they have been known to swell to the size of a beach ball at times. Neurofibrome is it`s proper medical term. ^^
But yes, I think it`s amazing he works, and the how welcoming people will be if you get out there. Good on him.
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Female 239
Why settle for reconstructive surgery when you can go all out and re-up your face. Maybe they can rebuilding with a infared heat seeking laser eye that can burn holes through people. Then he can be the spokesman for PowerThirst!
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Male 629
Nice story, hope it all goes well for him.
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Female 59
^Probably not, but I would anyway.
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Female 496
Awesome. I wonder if he would still have to wear that eyepatch after surgery though.
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Female 59
^Hell yes!
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Male 4,867
the eye patch was rather cool
id paint the tumour green and give it a face and pretend i got abducted by aliens
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Male 2,958
You`re just one drunken game of lawn darts away, imsuper.
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Male 108
like, rebuild him with drill arms and a laser eye?
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Female 59
I wish I could find an excuse to wear an eye patch...
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Male 1,455
doublu tee eff????
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Male 342
We have the technology we can rebuild him, nice quote :P
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Female 1,002
I`ve seen enough deformed faces today...
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Male 20,825
Link: Modern-Day Elephant Man [Rate Link] - A genetic disease left James O`Neal`s face horribly disfigured, but that could soon change. They can rebuild him!
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