Deformities occur to people rarely, but when they do they will make them look terrible. In this list, we have given the 6 most deformed people, who are the unfortunate individuals that have endured severely disfiguring and disabling medical conditions.
Some of them with the assistance of modern-day medicine and technology have been given a new lease of life and to live like any other human being. Some of the real life incidents are tragic while others inspire hope.
Most Deformed People In The World
1. Rudy Santos, The Octoman:
Rudy Santos, 69 years old, is from Philippines. Rudy suffers from an extremely rare medical condition called as parasitic twin or Craniopagus parasiticus. He is the world’s oldest person with the condition. Found attached to Rudy’s abdomen and pelvis are an additional pair of a leg and arms which developed when a twin was assimilated in to his body while his mother was carrying. Found visibly on his body are additional nipples and an un-developed head with hair and an ear.
Rudy gained celebrity status on a national level while touring with the freak show during the 1980s and 1970s. He earned up to 25,000 pesos a night as the show’s major attraction. It was during one of such show’s where he got his name, the Octoman. Rudy was like a celebrity in his country and women waited in a queue to be photographed with him.
Rudy disappeared during the 1990s and ended up in extreme poverty for more than ten years. In the year 2008, some 2 doctors checked him to see if operation would be feasible or not. They decided that they could remove the parasitic twin, although Rudy decided against having surgery. He said that he had become attached to the extra growth in his body and cannot live without it.
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2. Manar Maged, 2 Headed Girl:
Manar Maged, born at Cairo in the year 2004 also experienced the debilitating effects of a parasitic twin. Maged and her twin were joined together in the head. Her twin sister was without limbs and could only cry, smile, or blink.
At 10 months, Maged was admitted in a Cairo hospital after she got quite sick. It was concluded that without removing the parasitic twin, both of them will die. Unluckily after they got separated the twin passed away as it utilized the blood supply of Maged and could not survive. A year later, Maged also died from an infection of the brain probably as a result of post surgical complications.
3. Joseph Merrick, Elephant Man:
The most known and weird person on the list is the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick. Born 1836, the English man gained celebrity status in UK and also gained much fame throughout the known world. He had congenital proteus syndrome, a rare medical condition which triggered the formation of big lumps on the bones and skin resulting in both of them becoming thickened and deformed.
Joseph’s mother passed away while he was only 11 and his father rejected him because of his appearance. He left his home when he was very young and worked at Leicester till he got in touch with a show man. He was the main attraction and there gained his show name, Elephant Man.
Owing to the largeness of his head, Merrick had to sleep in an upright position. His head was quite heavy that it was not possible for him to sleep in a laid out position. In 1890 one night, he tried to sleep like normal humans and dislocated the neck. He was found dead on his bed the next day morning.
4. Didier Montalvo, Turtle Boy:
Didier Montalvo, Colombia suffered from melanocytic nevus congenitally which caused moles to develop all over his body at an extremely rapid pace. As a consequence of this malady, one mole became very large that it covered Didier Montalvo’s whole back. He was named the turtle boy by his school mates as the gigantic mole resembled a turtle shell.
Didier was given birth during an eclipse and superstitious people from his locality believed the mole was the curse of a devil. On account of this reason he was isolated by other kids and sent away from the local school. When UK surgeon, Bulstrode heard about Didier Montalvo’s condition he went to Bogota so he could surgically remove the mole. Didier was hardly 6 years old when the operation was performed. The surgery was successful and the entire mole was removed. After the surgery Didier resumed going to school living a normal and happy life.
5. Mandy Sellars:
Mandy Sellars, United Kingdom, Lancashire was diagnosed medically with proteus syndrome, the very medical condition which afflicted Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick. Proteus syndrome is actually very rare and it has been believed to have impacted only 150 people world-wide. It caused Mandy Sellars’ legs to become enlarged weighing totally 100 kilograms measuring up to a metre circumference. Since her feet are real large, she bought specially ordered shoes costing around $4500 dollars. She also has a custom-made car permitting her to drive without utilizing her feet.
Doctors opted to amputate 1 of Mandy Sellars’ legs when she contracted MRSA and deep vein thrombosis. After the surgery, the remaining portion of her leg continued growing and got too heavy for the prosthetic limb. She has now got a new prosthesis which should last her natural lifetime.
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6. Petero Byakatonda:
Petero Byakatonda hails from a rural small town in Uganda and is afflicted with Crouzon syndrome. This condition afflicts about 1 in every 30,000 births, but Byakatonda’s case is unusual. Crouzon syndrome results in skull malformation, which pushes the eye balls out of the sockets and the ears downward leading to issues with hearing and sight. While in developed countries, deformities caused by Crouzon syndrome are treated soon after birthing, but Petero did not get this prompt treatment as his family lived many miles away from a hospital.
Petero’s neighbours shunned and tormented him because of his appearance. He isolated himself in his room barely leaving his home. A doctor noticed his medical condition while driving through Petero Byakatonda’s village. The charitable doctor collected sufficient money for Byakatonda to travel to Texas for a life transforming surgery.
He spent some 6 months there while doctors reshaped the skull. This caused a lot of pressure to come off of his brain and optic nerve. A 2nd operation was required to re-construct the bone around Byakatonda’s eye sockets. Complications happened during the 2nd surgery where he lost 85% of his total blood supply and his condition became critical. Fortunately, he survived surgery and now lives a normal life in his locality.
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