Saturday, March 8, 2008
Medical → Mark Tatum... "the man without a face"
Mark Tatum (1956 - 26 February 2005) was an American man from Kentucky, who became known as "the man without a face" after he became in 2000 the victim of a very aggressive facial fungal infection (Rhinocerebral Mucormycosis). To save his life, doctors had to remove his eyes, nose, upper jaw and all surrounding bone and tissue which meant that he literally lost his face.
Tatum was a medical phenomena due to the fact that he survived the infection. Later he got a prosthetic face and he underwent surgeries so he could eat, drink and speak again. Due to his extreme experience, Tatum was highly profiled in the media (Ripley's Believe it or Not). He was a courageous individual who served as a symbol of strength for the thousands of people who have lost their health.
Rhinocerebral phycomycosis, commonly referred to as mucormycosis, is a rare but serious opportunistic infection of the sinuses and brain caused by saprophytic fungi. No reports document survivors of mucormycosis before 1955. (Amphotericin (anti-fungal antibiotic) became available in the 1950s.) Survival rates among groups of patients with invasive sinus disease without cerebral involvement may be as high as 50-80%. The mainstay of therapy is extensive debridement of all infected and necrotic tissue.
|may GOD help you|
|It's mr fukin potato head!|
|you need your head beheaded!!!!!|
|GOD USED THIS MAN FOR ME TO SEE BECAUSE I HAD THE SAME FUNGAL INFECTION. MY RIGHT EYE AND EVERYTHING IN THE ORBIT WAS REMOVED. IWAS PUT IN HOSPICE TO SPEND MY FINAL DAYS. I'M STILL HERE! GOD|
|God bless us , people . What can I say|
|he was an very lucky man...yeah i know |
whatever happens with him was really
worst part of his life but instead he
was very lucky that he got such an
wonderful wife who hold his hand till
his last breath...that's we called a
|You love someone for who they are inside, |
never mind what they look like on the
|truly proof that there is no god, or any form of deity. the best quote that sums this up is "in the beginning, man created god". if you have to believe in a higher power why not believe in one whose face you have seen, the trix rabbit perhaps?.|
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