The Rarest Human Mutations

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People you are about to see in this video are everything but ordinary. Far from it, actually. They are born with conditions so bizarre that you will have a hard time believing they are even real. Maybe you’ve seen a couple of pictures of these people, but assumed Photoshop did the trick. And I don’t blame you for it, because Photoshop was the first thing that came to my mind as well.

From a boy with arms and legs of his parasitic twin growing from his stomach to a real-life elephant man, today we’ll take a look at 10 people with the rarest human mutations. Do you want to learn more about the man who sees the world upside down all of the time? Then you better stick around until the end and check out our number 1 pick. 

10- Shivanath and Shivram

12-year-old conjoined twins from India Shivanath and Shivram Sahu are joined at the waist with each boy controlling two arms and a single leg. The boys are quite a sensation in their village. Some villagers even go as far as to worship them as they believe the boys are divine incarnations. Yes, people actually believe that. I am not kidding.

Doctors think that they could be successfully separated but the boys flat-out refuse to even consider it.  When getting ready in the morning they help each other out by brushing each other’s hair and helping the other tidy up. They even ride to school on a specially made tricycle. While one twin winds the pedal the other steers. Wow, incredible. 

In addition to the emotional impact of being separated it would be physically harder for Shivanath. Shivram would be able to retain both legs and live a normal life while Shivanath

would be left with no legs and would likely require full-time care.

9- Mohammad Hasan’s head

Mohammad Hasan from Bangladesh was born a healthy baby boy. But after just 16 days his head started to dramatically swell. So much so that it grew to an unbelievable 27 inches. Mohammad’s head is so large that he is unable to support the weight of it. Imagine that. 

How is this even possible you ask?

You see, young Mohammad suffers from a condition called Hydrocephalus also known as “water on the brain” because it is caused by a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid. This is the fluid that protects the brain, removes waste products and provides nutrients. 

The brain produces around a pint a day and when it doesn’t drain properly, it places pressure on the brain and in young children whose skulls haven’t fully hardened and fused, it can cause swelling. 

8- The Boy With A Tail

Arshid Ali Khan from a rural village outside Chandigarh in northern Inda was born with a tail attached to his body. The tail measured to be almost 4 inches at birth and it wasn’t long until the news of this incredibly rare occurrence started spreading all over the country. The result?

People believed the boy was the reincarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman. Oh, that definitely sounds like a perfectly reasonable explanation for his appearance. But India is a superstitious country, after all, so no surprise there. Hundreds of people visited to worship him. The boy was prayed to in his very own temple with people often leaving cash or gifts in return for a blessing. Oh wow. The boy is quite a businessman, don’t you think?

However, his tail had to be removed for medical reasons. The doctors at Fortis Hospital Mohali in Punjab agreed to perform a 7-hour operation free of charge in order to help him walk better in the future. 

7- India’s Elephant Man

In this video, you can see 35-year-old Chana Lal from Uttar Pradesh, India, who suffers from a severe case of neurofibromatosis which caused his once small facial deformity to grow into a massive, 9-pound trunk. In fact, the rumor has grown from his face down to his chest. Chana is in a lot of pain because of it, especially when he drinks and eats. And if that wasn’t enough already, the poor man is also having trouble seeing and hearing. This is just sad.

10 years ago, doctors attempted to surgically remove the tumor, but Chana almost bled to death. They told him to never try the surgery again if he wanted to live. 

6- The Eight-Limbed Boy

Deepak Kumar Paswan is a boy from India who was born with partial arms and legs of his parasitic twin growing from his stomach. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life. Deepak’s unusual appearance resulted in Hindu pilgrims worshipping him as they thought he was an incarnation of the god Vishnu who is depicted with several limbs. Why am I not surprised?

On top of that, Deepak also had to deal with the constant bullying and ridicule caused by looking odd. When Deepak was 8-years-old he had a four-hour surgery to remove the additional appendages. The doctors at Fortis Hospital Bangalore agreed to do the surgery for free, saving the boy from years of taunting and teasing and saving his family from a mountain of debt. 

5- Werewolf boy

This 13-year-old boy from India suffers from congenital hypertrichosis, an extremely rare condition also known as the werewolf syndrome. Yes, you heard that right.

Because of this disease, Lalit’s body and face are completely covered in hair. The boy’s family have sought help, but found no success, as there is no known cure for the condition, at least for now.

As you can imagine, the boy had to deal with a lot of bullies who would often call him a monkey and threw stones at him, but Lalit’s family always came to the rescue.

Lalit has gotten used to his strange appearance and now feels comfortable in his own skin. He even became quite popular at school.

Strangers, however, have a rather unfriendly reaction when they see him, but Lalit doesn’t pay attention to it.

Of course, he still dreams of having surgery that would remove the extra hair. He also dreams of becoming a policeman when he grows up.

4- a woman with a HORN

In this video, you can see an 87-year-old woman from China named Liang Xiuzhen with what looks like a unicorn horn growing out of her head.  Wait, what? How does one grow a horn?

Well, in Liang’s case, it all started with a simple mole. The mole itched all the time, which is why she used traditional Chinese medicine and then left it be. It wasn’t until several years later that the mole turned into a small horn-like mass about the size of a little finger. But it was after she accidentally broke it that the horn began to grow rapidly. It prevents her from sleeping and bleeds from time to time. 

Doctors diagnosed her with what’s called a “cornu cutaneum” or cutaneous horn. 

3- Nadia Lauricella

26-year-old Nadia Lauricella from Sicily, Italy, was born with phocomelia syndrome. This extremely rare condition causes malformations of the arms and legs that result in the absence or extreme shortening of bones at birth. 

As a result of this disease, Naida has no arms, she is missing part of her leg and she has a curved spine. Unlike many people born with rare medical conditions, Nadia wasn’t bullied at school. She did, however, encounter prejudice from strangers. But Nadia is a brave young woman who doesn’t let anything stop her from living her life to the fullest. A couple of years ago, Nadia discovered a motorbike therapy for disabled people. She is now full of confidence, despite being born with the odds stacked against her. Well done Nadia. You are truly an inspiration.

2- Treeman

Tree man syndrome is a rare genetic condition that is characterized by the formation of warts on the body that look like tree branches. Yes, tree branches. Can you imagine that?

Indonesian fisherman Dede Koswara was suffering from this disease. It all began when the wound on his leg got infected. Not long after, small warts sprouted out of it and eventually spread to his feet and hands. He had multiple surgeries in an attempt to get rid of these warts, but they just kept coming back. Dede Koswara passed away in 2016 at the age of 42.

1- Claudio Vieira

It’s hard to imagine not being able to move your head or limbs, let alone seeing the world upside down because of how your head is positioned.

That’s a reality for Claudio Viera de Oliveira from Brazil. When he was born the doctor gave his mother what has to be the worst medical advice ever. They advised her to simply let him simply pass away by starving him intentionally. Yup, you heard that correctly.

You see, Claudio was born with arthrogryposis meaning that his limbs were fused together and his head was positioned upside-down and facing backward. It’s hard to imagine someone living like that, I know.

Luckily, Claudio’s mother didn’t take the doctors’ advice and she raised the boy despite his bizarre condition. As the boy grew, he realized he could write, type and even operate a phone with his mouth. Claudio moves around by walking on his knees. It’s hard for him to use a wheelchair because of his body shape. But a brave Claudio didn’t let this hold him back from going to school and getting qualified as an accountant. At the age of 40, Claudio is quite independent. He undertakes work doing research, accounting and occasional motivational speeches at special events. He’s even written a book about his life titled “The world is the wrong way around.”

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