Brian Richards. Dude from Delaware (I believe). Pretty cool. Has the same condition that the Elephant Man might have had (Proteus Syndrome).-- found out by the discovery channels video. Meet The Elephant Man. He is standing next to Joseph Merrick's skeleton. Even though he lives every day with complications due to the syndrome. He never let's it get him down.
Human skull from a patient with Proteus syndrome. Only a few hundred people in the world have Proteus syndrome, a bizarre condition in which a mutant gene causes the asymmetric growth of the body parts. The syndrome can be horribly disfiguring, was the case of Joseph Merrick, the English of the 19th century that became known as the Elephant Man. Source: ebay.com
The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick, was an object of curiosity and ridicule throughout his life - studied, prodded and examined by the Victorian medical establishment. Now, 123 years after his death, scientists believe his bones contain secrets about his condition which could benefit medical science today.