imagine carrying 23kg of weight hanging on your face……….. so heavy that you need to use a hand to hold it up….
it was disturbing to see the documentary actually. this man, Huang Chuncai has a severe case of neurofribomatosis, a type of cancer that he’s been suffering with for over 30 yrs.
this tumour weight almost 23 kg. has left his head deformed. spinal cord deformed. growth stunted.
this man had his almost 20kg tumour removed in 2007/2008. at least he doesnt need to rely on just one hand, with the other holding up a bundle of tumour.
Chuncai said, “Often it feels like life is impossible. i had to find the strength inside to carry on.”
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Note to Bio students:
Wiki says, neurofibromatosis is genetically inherited. its autosomal dominant. meaning, if one parent has the disease, there’s a 50% chance that the child will inherit the condition too. here’s how that is worked out.
capital F representing autosomal dominant. small f representing recessive. when diseased person (Ff) mates with healthy person (ff), the genotype/phenotype ratio is 1 : 1. 50% chance.
a real life example of how genetically inherited conditions are passed on to offspring.