the Elephant Man

04 Jan

imagine carrying 23kg of weight hanging on your face……….. so heavy that you need to use a hand to hold it up….

 Chinese Elephant Man to get 33 Pound Tumor Removed picture

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.”

click here to follow NatGeo’s updates on Chuncai.

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.


Posted by on January 4, 2010 in i-Twinge


4 responses to “the Elephant Man

  1. JJ

    February 6, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I saw it on youtube that he got the second surgery in 2008 and planned to get the third one later. Do you have updates on this? I hope he’s doing well. God bless him.

  2. Fernando Pacheco

    April 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Yes, I just caught the documentary as well and was looking for updates. I’ll keep searching.

  3. Mike Blanco

    January 5, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Poor guy. I would like updates too. His family looks like the really love him and they need help too.

  4. Martha Taylor

    April 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    My heart goes out to this man and his family. I pray all his surgeries will be successful and he will have a new life. Will Nat. Geo have a follow up video?


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