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Modern-Day Elephant Man

Hits: 16878 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: fancylad
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Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 703 Posts
Sunday, June 01, 2008 8:59:58 PM
cool. good for him! dont let it stop ya!

Female, 40-49, Eastern US
 862 Posts
Friday, May 30, 2008 3:42:58 PM
Ironman, watch out.
And I don't think the eye patch hides much,
but what the hey.

Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 955 Posts
Friday, May 30, 2008 2:30:52 PM
too bad they didnt show him after his surgery.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 312 Posts
Friday, May 30, 2008 8:32:31 AM
So cheesy it's unbearable.

Female, 60-69, Europe
 262 Posts
Friday, May 30, 2008 12:36:22 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?

Male, 18-29, Western US
 112 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 10:28:45 PM
cool! I wanna go see him 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 he's an interweb phenomenon!

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 76 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:16:30 PM

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 419 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:25:17 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

Female, 18-29, Canada
 524 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 5:24:33 PM
opiebreath; no. His tumors stopped growing when he reached puberty. It's unlikely they'll regrow after they are removed.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 38 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:41:46 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)

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 16061 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:33:05 PM
Won't it slowly get worse again after the surgery though?

Male, 13-17, Canada
 1599 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 4:19:32 PM
We have the technology!

Female, 18-29, Canada
 524 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 3:50:20 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

Female, 30-39, Eastern US
 1202 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 3:00:40 PM
That's really cool. Bless his soul. :)

Female, 18-29, Europe
 22 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 1:51:48 PM
ahh, liveleak. I remember when it was ogrish.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 2236 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 1:16:50 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

Female, 18-29, Southern US
 676 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 1:08:26 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!)

Male, 18-29, Western US
 2607 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 1:01:27 PM
I almost got killed by lawn darts when I was a baby... since that is obviously on-topic.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 60 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:57:34 PM
how can u tell kikij??

Male, 13-17, Europe
 1062 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:57:17 PM
aWWWW, kinda sad :/

Female, 18-29, Europe
 2904 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:51:06 PM
im haffway there....

Female, 18-29, Europe
 312 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:16:46 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.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 524 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 12:01:42 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.

Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 654 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:52:01 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)

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1314 Posts
Thursday, May 29, 2008 11:46:19 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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