We are not created equal; our unique traits and features make us stand out from other people. But some people are born with rare and strange features due to a rare medical condition. Here’s a list of such special people who became known for their appearance around the world.
If you have some unique eye color or shiny hair, then it’s likely that you get special attention and are talked about for that wherever you go. While most of the rare body features add something positive to our looks, some aren’t that fortunate.
These unbelievably rare features are due to certain birth defects. If you’ll see them for real, you can’t help but take notice of them. These cases include children born with a tail and worshipped as a reincarnated god, numerous limbs, mermaid-like legs, an additional head attached, and without eyes. All of these features are troublesome to deal with in real life and even prove fatal.
Here we’ll take a look at such special children born with extraordinarily rare features.
Born on 8 January 1993, Brooke Megan Greenberg was an American who didn’t age physically and mentally throughout her life despite her age. She was nearly 2.5 feet and weighed 7.3 kg and her mental age was estimated to be almost 9 months to 1 year. Dubbed as real-life Benjamin Button, her doctor called her condition as Syndrome X. She finally died at the age of 20 on 24 October, 2013. (3.1)
Manar Maged was an Egyptian baby who was born with a rare birth defect called craniopagus parasiticus in which an embryo begins splitting into identical twins but fails to complete the process. And often, the second one turns into an extra limb or trunk but in Manar’s case, it turned into a second head.
Manar’s underdeveloped conjoined twin ‘Islaam’ could smile and blink but had to be removed for her survival. On 19 Feb 2005, the 10-month-old went through a successful 13-hour surgery. Out of the 10 similar cases, she was the only one to survive the surgical procedure. Sadly, 14 months after her surgery on 25 March 2006, she died. (3.2)
MilliAnna Worthy is a nearly 2-year old special girl from Ridgeland, South Carolina who was born with strikingly white streak through her hair because of a rare condition called poliosis (lack of pigment in hair and surrounding skin).
The most incredibly amazing yet true fact is that her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother also have the same distinctive ‘birthmark’. So she has most likely inherited this feature. Her pictures also went viral over the internet last year in 2017. (3.3)
The not-so-little Loyalty Adonis Grover was born on 6 December 2016, weighing 14.1 pounds and 22 inches in height. According to the hospital staff, he may be the heaviest baby in record. When he was one month old, he weighed nearly 15 pounds and 2 feet. Interestingly, he wore size 3 pamper instead of size 1 being a newborn and shorts meant for an 18-month-old baby. (3.4)
Nicknamed as ‘giraffe boy’, Fu Wengui was a Chinese child born with a rare condition called congenital scoliosis that was diagnosed at the age of 6. He was claimed to have 10 vertebrae in his neck rather than usual 7. At the age of 15, he was about to undergo a corrective surgery but there wasn’t any further update available online on that. (3.5)
Deepak Kumar paswan is an Indian boy who was born with 8 limbs of which 4 were legs and 4 were hands. Dubbed as the Octopus boy, he was successfully operated on 30 May 2010. He was even venerated as a god by some people, while some people called him a reincarnation of god. The surgery aimed to remove the parasitic twin from his chest that was underdeveloped. (3.6)
Archie Innes is a ‘miracle’ baby about 1-year-old who was born with SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome on 6 January 2017. Born without both the eyes, he was also born with hearing impairment and moderate aspiration. His mother Fiona living on Sydney’s beaches was informed about his condition when she was 28 weeks’ pregnant. Archie’s family has called for financial funding for his surgery.
Born in a village outside Chandigarh, Arshid Ali Khan was born with a 7-inch tail on his back. He was worshipped as a Hindu monkey god and came to be known as Balaji. He had a rare congenital condition that appeared during the foetus development in womb. His tail was successfully removed in 2015 by the doctors at Fortis Hospital Mohali in Punjab for free. (3.7)
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Shiloh Pepin was an American girl born with a rare condition called sirenomelia or mermaid syndrome. Her legs were fused together and she had no lower colon or genital organs. She studied in fifth-grade at Kennebunkport Consolidated School. Her story was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She died at the age of 10 at Maine Medical Center in 2009. (3.8)
Recognized as the world’s hairiest girl by Guinness Book of World Records in 2010, Supatra “Nat” Sasuphan is a Thai girl from Bangkok. Due to a condition called Ambras syndrome (‘werewolf syndrome’) caused by a faulty chromosome, she has thick hair growing all over her face, arms, legs, ears and back. She has been nicknamed ‘Chewbacca’, ‘wolf girl’ and ‘monkey face’.
This 17-year-old girl shaved her face off after marrying the love of her life. (3.9)
Harlequin Ichthyosis is a severe genetic disorder that mainly affects the skin. Infants with this condition are born with very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies.
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