June 24, 2007

Man with a 33-pound tumor...

... on his face. Horrible pictures at the link. The poor man -- who is now 31 -- has gone his whole life without treatment.

6 comments:

AJD said...

Links to pictures of unfortunate medical conditions. A low A-House low or just more proof that performance art can be a nasty, unartistic business?

George said...

"Fur" — Nicole Kidman (as a fictionalized Diane Arbus) with Robert Downey Jr. as her facially-challenged friend. Good movie....

Dewave said...

Also, 20 werewolves are wandering the world!

F15C said...

AJD: I was one of those "unfortnuate medical conditions" you so cavalierly reference. I was born with no upper lip and went through five surgeries over 15 years to build a reasonable facsimilie of one from transplants. Mind you, I have no complaints. But the man depicted in this story is every bit as human as you or I (maybe more than you...) and has suffered far more. His story is worth a bit of our time and respect in my opinion. Even if it only serves to remind us how fortunate most of us are it is worthwhile. But who knows? The only reason I was able to get the surgeries I needed was due to a compassionate reconstructive surgeon reading about my case in a journal (My twin brother died 8 hours after we were born after both of us had massive transfusions). Again, I'm fine and have achieved much in my life, but I can only imagine the pain - physical and emotional - that the man in the story endures on a daily basis. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

jane said...

F15C,

Well said, and God bless you and those who noticed and did something about a need.

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for writing F15C. My motivation for posting was to express outrage and disbelief that a man with such a terrible impediment was left to go so long without treatment.