Elephant Man

August 14, 2010

Hey all! This would be my first attempt at anything this complicated… I think it turned out fairly well. First there is a little story about how he came to be. Read on.

…A lot of advancements are made every year in scientific research. Every time we are approached with a new and unseen medical event, doctors can only help by combining their high knowledge of the human body with experimentation. This is how cures to diseases, successful amputations, reconstructive surgery and many more advancements came to be. Sometimes we are grateful because these processes work but unfortunately sometimes it does not.

Now, in 2010, surgeons can replace malfunctioning valves of hearts with those of healthy hearts. Not in all cases though, is this heart human. Many other organs can also be mended or even replace, but that is usually by those of parts of cows. Human bodies are not so readily available for dissecting. Most commonly it is small pieces of animals that they can use in our bodies. Finding out that inserting large portions of animals could not maintain a “normal” human was found out the hard way.

About 53 years ago, a young girl was born in critical condition. She had come into this world inside out, literally. All of her internal organs were outside. Normally you can do a slightly complicated surgery to place them back to their designated positions and stitch her up. This girl had other troubles though. Many if not most of her lower organs, from the duodenum down were completely and utterly unusable. This is around the time when animal organ transplants had become of interest. The only available organs at this particular time that were small enough and could possibly be of use were those inside their pregnant elephant.

After a quick abortion of the elephant fetus, the long and complicated reconstruction began– stitching, piecing and mending the organs into the precious body of this beautiful baby girl.

They at first thought it was impossible, and that the additions would never take. They kept a close watch on her, day after day, week after week until one day, after no complication whatsoever, they decided on a story of success!

This baby girl grew normally into an infant, then child, teen then adult and at the ripe age of 26 married and to everyone’s surprise, especially her own, she became pregnant! What a glorious gift from above.

9 months later….

Shouting, screaming roaring in the operating room, “What a beast!” “What has come from you?” “The devil himself!”

This is where the scientific advance came galloping back; a mix of man and nature. A crossbreeding so unnatural that not even a mother could come to love. He was the Elephant man.

So shocked and revolted but still too good-natured to kill, she took him to the only she could think, the CIRCUS.

Here he was raised and put on showcase for money. He was used and abused, taken in for his oddity but also punished by long labor for his clumsiness due to this. His eyes were caring and he had a kind gentle soul. His soft-spoken demeanor should have been an asset but he was just taken advantage of. Poor elephant man.

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One Response to “Elephant Man”

  1. Tricia Says:

    Absolutely amazing job done on this! There is nothing that you can’t do!


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