Our modern society is constantly bombarded by materialistic and superficial expectations. From accessories, to clothes and physical appearances, individuals are pressured, and nearly forced, to conform to the intangible standards set by media and society. However, along with the impossibly high expectations for individuals’ appearances, we are also faced with old and new diseases and deformities, whether they are genetic or bacterial. For the people effected by such misfortune, the promise of superficial social acceptance is thoroughly unmanageable. While most struggle for that artificial beauty, others struggle for the understanding of the populous surrounding them, as well as their lives. Given here are graphic images of heroic individuals with a short description of the horrific diseases they face.
This disease is known as “Craniopagus Parasiticus” or “parasitic twin”. Those faced with Craniopagus Parasiticus, a parasitic twin with an undeveloped body is attached to the head of a developed twin. There are fewer than a dozen documented cases of this type of conjoined twin. Most infants with this condition are stillborn, or die shortly after birth. In the given picture an extra pair of arms and legs are attached to the pelvis and abdomen of a man. An under developed head with an ear and hair is also connected to his body.
Congenital Melanocytic Nevus’ (or moles) are found in infants at birth. A Congenital Melanocytic Nevus appears in any size as a light brown to black patch on various parts of the body. This type of birthmark is located in the area of the head and neck 15% of the time.
Crouzon syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by the premature fusion of certain skull bones (“Craniosynostosis”). This early fusion prevents the skull from growing normally and effects the shape of the head and face. Abnormal growth of these bones leads to wide-set, bulging eyes. Vision problems are caused by the positioning of the eyes and shallow eye sockets. Other features of this deformity include a beaked nose and an underdeveloped upper jaw. As a result of their underdeveloped jaw structure, dental problems are likely to occur. In addition, people with Crouzon syndrome suffer from hearing loss, due to narrow ear canals.
Fibro Dysplasia Ossificans Progressiva:
This ailment is sometimes referred to as “Stone Man Syndrome”. It is an extremely rare disease associated with the connective tissue of one’s body. In many cases, it is caused by previous injuries and leads to an individuals’ joints permanently freezing in place. Fibro dysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) is a disorder in which muscle tissue and connective tissue are gradually replaced by bone (ossified), forming bone outside the skeleton (extra-skeletal or heterotopic bone) that constrains movement.
Necrotizing Fasciitis is an infection caused by bacteria. It can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles within a very short time. The disease is sometimes called “flesh-eating bacteria”. Necrotizing Fasciitis is very rare, but serious. Your risk of getting this infection is higher if you have a weak immune system (for genetic or behavioral reasons, ie: use of steroids) or have chronic health problems such as: diabetes, cancer, liver or kidney disease. One is also susceptible to this bacteria if they have exposed cuts in the skin, including surgical wounds, if they’ve recently had chickenpox or other viral infections that cause a rash.
Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in your nervous system. It causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. These tumors may develop anywhere in your nervous system, including in your brain, spinal cord and nerves. Neurofibromatosis is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood.. Effects of neurofibromatosis can range from hearing loss, learning impairment, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) complications. Severe disability due to nerve compression by tumors, loss of vision and severe pain are also likely to occur from this condition.
“Hypertrichosis” is the excessive growth of hair anywhere on the body. Men, women, babies and adults — the condition doesn’t discriminate. Due to excessive growth of hair, the people affected by this affliction look like a wolf.
The “Vampire Disease”, or Porphyria (scientific term), is a set of genetic disorders in which an important part of hemoglobin called “heme” is not produced properly. People suffering from this disease face symptoms similar to mythological vampires. Their skin is sensitive to sunlight, their urine is reddish to purplish in color, their gums are shrunk, making the teeth more prominent and they have an adverse reaction to garlic.
Epidermodysplasia verruciformis is also referred to as the “Tree-Man” Disease, which is an immune deficiency. Those with an extremely rare immune deficiency are vulnerable to Tree-Man Disease. The most common symptom of this disease is the development of tree-like warts that cover the body.
Half Face Syndrome:
This girl is 22 years old, a colorful age when girls enjoy their lives. This disease caused her to be afflicted with half face appearances.