Why don't these people die?

Submitted by: LordJim 1 month ago in Lifestyle Misc Science
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So mostly it's subsistence farming. And let's not forget they have access to modern medicine
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This is an ad. It reminds me of the product placement in Return of the Killer Tomatoes.

Being a vehicle for a commercial, it misses the best parts of the story of Ikaria (the island where, legend says, Icarus attempted to fly): the story of Stamatis Moraitis.

Transported to NYC during WWII because of a mangled arm, he fell in love with and married a local Greek-American, became a mason, and settled down. 

In 1976, he complained to his doctor that he was short of breath when climbing stairs. The diagnosis was lung cancer; he had 6 to 9 months to live. 

Wanting to leave as much money as possible to his widow-to-be, he decided to forego treatment and return to his island home of Ikaria to be buried alongside his parents, burials on Ikaria being cheaper than in New York. 

Bedridden, his wife attending, he began to feel better and planted a backyard garden to pass the time. He never expected to see the fruits of his labour. 

Twenty-five years later, he decided to visit his doctors in New York to show them he was still alive.

Yep. 

The 10 doctors who worked on his case were all dead.

Mr. Moraitis died peacefully in his sleep—not of cancer—in 2013 at the age of 98 or 102, he could never remember.

The first story published on Mr. Moraitis was this one in the New York Time; the BBC interviewed him here

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saykwasah Thanks for the links.
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Was great up until the commercial at the end. 
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bryan_gilchrist You can skip that part. He's just trying to make a few quid.
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