In the following article, you will have the chance to discover five strangest medical stories and disorders in the world.
Vancouver patient with green blood
In October 2005, doctors at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver had to insert an arterial line into a 42-year old patient, who fell asleep in a kneeling position, to relieve pressure in his legs when they amazingly see dark green blood trickle out of the patient instead of the usual bright red.
Doctors initially diagnosed that the man suffered from methemoglobin, a dangerous condition in which the hemoglobin in blood can’t bind to oxygen, and sulfhemoglobinemia, a rare condition where hydrogen sulfide combines with ferric ions in blood to form sulfhemoglobin, which causes the blood to turn dark green.
According to the doctors, the disorder can be triggered by excessive doses of medications
Natalie Adler without opening her eyes for three days in a week
Natalie Adler from Melbourne, Australia suffers an extremely rare disorder that makes her blind three days out of every six. Her eyes suddenly close accidentally and she cannot open them three days later.
The phenomenon started on Sunday morning when she was a high school student. Natalie got a sinus and staph infection and woke up with swollen eyes. At first, the clamping of the eyes occurred randomly, but after a while, it began following a cycle.
Though hundreds of eye specialists run tests on Adler, they couldn’t find a direct cause, or a cure for the disorder
A woman with two sets of DNA
52-year-old Karen Keegan, a Boston teacher, was discovered to have two different sets of DNA after she needed a kidney transplant but two of her three sons, who were tested if they had been acceptable donors, did not match Keegan genetic profile. Further tests showed that she got chimerism, a condition where two fraternal twins grow in the womb, but the first twin ‘absorbs’ the other twin, making the resulting embryo contain two different sets of DNA, oftentimes in different parts of the body.
Doctors began tracking the second DNA set in her body and found it in her thyroid gland (Photo Illustration)
A woman with a pencil in her head
After having numerous headaches and nosebleeds for 55 years, Margaret Wegner underwent a surgery in August 2007. As a result, a three-inch pencil was removed from her head, which was lodged in her head caused by a childhood accident at the age of 4. Doctors delayed the removal of the pencil for more than five decades until they found the exact location of the pencil in her head and safely took most of it out due to lack of technology and fear of irreversibly damaging Wegner’s head.
Dr. Hans Behrbohm, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Berlin’s Park-Klinik Weissensee, said that it had been something unique because the trauma had been so old
A girl laughing nonstop
Xu Pinghui from Chongqing started laughing non-stop after developing fever when she was just eight months old. Due to the mysterious condition, the 12-year-old girl has lost the ability to speak at two years old and can only communicate through giggling. Specialists are currently testing the theory that her phenomenon is caused by damage to the frontal lobe due to the fever.
12 year-old girl Xu Pinghui