5 People Who Suffered From Weird Anomalies And Diseases
A few decades ago medicine was not as advanced as it is today. Many people were struggling with diseases that today are detected and treated in the early stage of development. Here are 5 strangest people who suffered from weird anomalies and diseases.
1. Willow Bunch Giant
Édouard Beaupré was born in 1881 in the small town of Willow Bunch in Canada. He quickly became famous because at the age of 11 he was over 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall and continue to grow. Édouard was a very sensitive man. At this time he stopped going to school, because people saw him as a monster. In 1901, he wrestled Luis Cyr, the strongest man in the world. The match was very short with Cyr winning the match. Édouard Beaupré died of tuberculosis on July 3, 1904. At the time he was 2.52 metres (8.3 ft). Read more about The Giant on Wikipedia.
2. The Camel Girl
Ella Harper was born on January 5, 1870 with a very rare orthopedic condition that caused her knees to bend backwards, called congenital genu recurvatum. She prefered walking on all fours resulted in her nickname “The Camel Girl”. She performed in W. H. Harris’s Nickel Plate Circus, but her dream was to give up show business and get an education that would allow to find a normal job. Harper received a $200 a week salary which would be worth $5,128.21 in 2015. She probably died on December 19, 1921 in Nashville of colon cancer. Read more about The Camel Girl on Wikipedia.
3. The Ohio Big Foot Girl
Fannie Mills (also known as The Ohio Big Foot Girl) was born in 1860 in Sussex, England. She suffered from a lymphatic system disease called Milroy’s Disease. It caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She could not walk without the help of others. She earned a lot of money thanks to her condition. $150 a week salary which would be worth around $3,500 in 2015. At the age of 32 her illness intensified and the woman died.
4. The French Angel
Maurice Tillet was born on October 23, 1903 in the Ural Mountains in Russia to French parents. As a child he had a completely normal appearance and Tillet was nicknamed “The Angel” due to his angelic face. He was very intelligent and spoke 14 languages. When he was 17, he noticed swelling in his feet, hands, and head. After visiting a doctor he was diagnosed with acromegaly – a condition usually caused by a benign tumor on the pituitary gland, resulting in bone overgrowth and thickening. In 1937, he became a professional wrestler known as The French Angel. Tillet died on September 4, 1954, in France, from heart disease. There have been rumours that the ogre from the Shrek film series was modeled after Tillet. However, creators DreamWorks Animation have never openly commented on this.
5. Frank Lentini
Frank Lentini who was born on May 18, 1881 in Rosolini, Sicily, was well known for having three legs. His deformity was the result of a partially absorbed conjoined twin. The twin was attached to Frank Lentini’s body at the base of his spine and consisted of a pelvis bone, a rudimentary set of male genitalia and a full-sized leg extending from the right side of his body, with a small foot attached to this extra knee. The doctors tried to remove the extra limb, but they gave up that idea because of the risk of paralysis. It is recorded that Lentini had sixteen toes in total and two sets of functioning male sexual organs. Frank Lentini died of lung failure in Jacksonville, Florida on September 22, 1966 at the age of 85. Read more about Frank Lentini on Wikipedia.