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"Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva is a disease where the body’s repair mechanism is completely broken, and starts “healing” the fibrous tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) by turning them into bone. Your whole body is slowly being petrified. There’s no known treatment for the 450 sufferers worldwide, and in one famous case a sufferer survived up to the age 40, at which point his entire body, except his lips and transformed into bone, leaving him completely immobile."
Burial hands.The body of a one-year-old boy who died of dehydration is prepared for burial at Jalozai refugee camp.The child's family,originally from North Afghanistan,had sought refuge in Pakistan from political instability and the consequences of drought.The family gave the photographer permission to attend as they washed and wrapped his body in a white funeral shroud, according to Muslim tradition. In the overcrowded Jalozai camp of 80,000 refugees from Afghanistan endured squalid conditions.
Belle Gunness ..In the early morning of April 28, 1908, the Gunness farmhouse burned to the ground. The Gunness children were found in the ashes of the home, as well as the body of a headless woman.The LaPorte County Sheriff began to further investigate the fire and Belle's relations with out-of-town men. The investigation turned into a national sensation, as numerous bodies were soon found to be buried on Belle's farm.It has been estimated that Belle may have buried forty men on the farm..
Washing the body of their dead father
Instead of decomposing normally, bodies buried in the tombs beneath the cathedral in Venzone, Italy were perfectly preserved and still recognizable decades later, a fact which led the townspeople to periodically retrieve and commune with their dead loved ones. In modern times, scientists finally traced the source of this wonder to Hypha tombicina, a microscopic, parasitic fungus that rapidly dehydrates the bodies before decomposition can even begin.
In the late 1880s, the body of a 16-year-old girl was pulled from the Seine. She was apparently a suicide, as her body showed no marks of violence, but her beauty and her enigmatic smile led a Paris pathologist to order a plaster death mask of her face. Ironically, in 1958 the anonymous girl’s features were used to model the first-aid mannequin Rescue Annie.
Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein. Murderer and body snatcher. Only confessed to 2 murders. Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Psycho are movies with serial murderer main characters with similarities in their crimes and behavior to Gein. Gein wore the body parts and skins of his victims.
A Mother’s Gift to Anatomy: A woman in labor was hit & killed by a carriage as she walked in front of the San Carlos Royal College of Surgery, in 18th-century Madrid. Nobody knew her name or claimed her body with unborn child. This was a windfall for surgeons in training at the school, which was short of corpses on which to learn anatomy. Body handlers applied mud then created & filled a mold with wax. Today it remains the most striking sculpture at the Complutense University School of Medicine.