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Date: 05/29/08 10:00 AM

41 Responses to Modern-Day Elephant Man

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    May 29, 2008 at 8:39 am
    Link: Modern-Day Elephant Man - A genetic disease left James O`Neal`s face horribly disfigured, but that could soon change. They can rebuild him!
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    eleutherarch Female 13-17
    1002 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:03 am
    I`ve seen enough deformed faces today...
  3. Profile photo of Realbman
    Realbman Male 13-17
    342 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:03 am
    We have the technology we can rebuild him, nice quote :P
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    elHadji Male 70 & Over
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    May 29, 2008 at 10:08 am
    doublu tee eff????
  5. Profile photo of imSUPERduper
    imSUPERduper Female 13-17
    59 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:10 am
    I wish I could find an excuse to wear an eye patch...
  6. Profile photo of Shiruba
    Shiruba Male 18-29
    108 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:15 am
    like, rebuild him with drill arms and a laser eye?
  7. Profile photo of B-Hazard
    B-Hazard Male 18-29
    2958 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:15 am
    You`re just one drunken game of lawn darts away, imsuper.
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    domisgood Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2008 at 10:16 am
    the eye patch was rather cool
    id paint the tumour green and give it a face and pretend i got abducted by aliens
  9. Profile photo of imSUPERduper
    imSUPERduper Female 13-17
    59 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:18 am
    ^Hell yes!
  10. Profile photo of Fayth
    Fayth Female 18-29
    496 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:21 am
    Awesome. I wonder if he would still have to wear that eyepatch after surgery though.
  11. Profile photo of imSUPERduper
    imSUPERduper Female 13-17
    59 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:23 am
    ^Probably not, but I would anyway.
  12. Profile photo of HuskysTiger
    HuskysTiger Male 18-29
    629 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:23 am
    Nice story, hope it all goes well for him.
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    msdenee Female 18-29
    239 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:27 am
    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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    Matwix_2004 Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2008 at 10:34 am
    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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    AGit Male 30-39
    995 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:36 am
    "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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    wangomango Male 18-29
    77 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:41 am
    "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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    catbarf Male 18-29
    1455 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 11:46 am
    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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    risingflamez Female 13-17
    649 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 11:52 am
    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)
  19. Profile photo of Aeladil
    Aeladil Female 18-29
    513 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 12:01 pm
    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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    kikij Female 18-29
    311 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm
    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.

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    murrymalty Female 18-29
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    May 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm
    im haffway there....
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    i-am-horny Male 13-17
    1053 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm
    aWWWW, kinda sad :/
  23. Profile photo of badnusty
    badnusty Male 18-29
    60 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm
    how can u tell kikij??
  24. Profile photo of AKappy
    AKappy Male 18-29
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    May 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm
    I almost got killed by lawn darts when I was a baby... since that is obviously on-topic.
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    shortsagitar Female 18-29
    676 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm
    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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    Willowpuff Female 18-29
    2220 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm
    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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    theladysopal Female 18-29
    23 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm
    ahh, liveleak. I remember when it was ogrish.
  28. Profile photo of Tekno
    Tekno Female 30-39
    1212 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 3:00 pm
    That`s really cool. Bless his soul. :)
  29. Profile photo of Aeladil
    Aeladil Female 18-29
    513 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 3:50 pm
    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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    -NeonCarrot- Male 13-17
    1496 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm
    We have the technology!
  31. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
    15774 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 4:33 pm
    Won`t it slowly get worse again after the surgery though?
  32. Profile photo of Gaiia
    Gaiia Male 18-29
    36 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 4:41 pm
    ^^ 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)
  33. Profile photo of Aeladil
    Aeladil Female 18-29
    513 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm
    opiebreath; no. His tumors stopped growing when he reached puberty. It`s unlikely they`ll regrow after they are removed.
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    TruTexasGirl Female 18-29
    415 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm
    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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    TieDyePlatap Male 18-29
    75 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 6:16 pm
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    dynapyre Male 18-29
    114 posts
    May 29, 2008 at 10:28 pm
    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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    notpluggedin Female 60-69
    262 posts
    May 30, 2008 at 12:36 am
    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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    Bananahammoc Female 18-29
    309 posts
    May 30, 2008 at 8:32 am
    So cheesy it`s unbearable.
  39. Profile photo of ashwey
    ashwey Female 13-17
    943 posts
    May 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm
    too bad they didnt show him after his surgery.
  40. Profile photo of fnkychkn
    fnkychkn Female 40-49
    855 posts
    May 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm
    Ironman, watch out.
    And I don`t think the eye patch hides much,
    but what the hey.
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    Novem006 Female 18-29
    700 posts
    June 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm
    cool. good for him! dont let it stop ya!

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