Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/1/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Slovakian man fell victim to rare disease; suffered from condition since 2004

Suffering from a rare disease, Stefan Zoleik of Slovakia had tumors swelling on his face, reducing him to a modern day "Elephant Man." The tumor on his face eventually grew to 13 pounds, and his swollen face would make startle people in the street who would then stop and stare. Happily surgeons have successfully removed the growth form his face and Zoleik can once again live a normal life.

'Everybody was turning and looking at me,' Stefan Zoleik told journalists. 'It was very unpleasant. It also bothered me all the time when I moved my head.'

"Everybody was turning and looking at me," Stefan Zoleik told journalists. "It was very unpleasant. It also bothered me all the time when I moved my head."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/1/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Deformity, tumor, operation, Elephant Man


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Called Madelung disease, fatty tumors grew on Zoleik's face. One tumor grew from ear to ear under his chin causing people to stop and stare at him in the street.

"Everybody was turning and looking at me," Zoleik told journalists. "It was very unpleasant. It also bothered me all the time when I moved my head."

Starvation never takes a vacation --

Surgeon Igor Homola spent five hours cutting away the growth. Zoleik is more than happy with the results. "This is amazing, much better than it was before, which was horrible. I don't even feel any pain now," he says.

Zoleik's fate was much happier than that of Englishman Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man." Born normally, growths on his face and body during his childhood eventually rendered him as little more than a sideshow attraction.

Merrick died on 11 April 1890, aged 27. The official cause of death was asphyxia, although his surgeon patron Frederick Treves, who dissected the body, said that Merrick had died of a dislocated neck. He believed that Merrick, who had to sleep sitting up because of the weight of his head -- had been attempting to sleep lying down, to "be like other people."

The exact cause of Merrick's deformities is unclear. The dominant theory throughout much of the 20th century was that Merrick suffered from neurofibromatosis type I. In 1986, a new theory emerged that he had Proteus syndrome. It was later proposed that Merrick had suffered from a combination of neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome. DNA tests conducted on his hair and bones have proven inconclusive.

In 1979, Bernard Pomerance's play about Merrick called "The Elephant Man" debuted, and David Lynch's film, also called "The Elephant Man," was released the following year in 1980.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Health

New study reveals the truth about sexual orientation and gender identity Watch

Image of The truth about sexual orientation and gender identity (McPIG: An Introduction to the McGill University Sexual Identity Centre).

By (CNA/EWTN News)

For most young people who experience feelings of gender dysphoria, the experience is in fact temporary, and a non-heterosexual orientation is not as fixed as sometimes claimed, a new overview of the relevant research says. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Only a ... continue reading


Miraculous face transplant restores faceless firefighter's faith in life Watch

Image of Patrick Harden before his face transplant.

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Fifteen years ago, volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison suffered extreme facial burns while responding to a house fire. He lost a large portion of his face, including his eyelids, ears, lips, hair and most of his nose. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hardison, ... continue reading


'I lead a simple and disciplined life': Fit and healthy monk reveals secret to long life Watch

Image of The secret to a long life? One monk tells all (Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An Indian monk claiming to be 120-years-old has revealed his secret to a long, healthy life. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Swami Sivananda appears to be a physically fit and his clean bill of health suggests he has led a long, healthy life.Sivananda plans to ... continue reading


ANOTHER insurer drops out of Obamacare as system continues to collapse Watch

Image of Aetna is the next insurer to drop out of Obamacare.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As Aetna pulls out of the Obamacare marketplace across most of the country, the moral failure of the Affordable Care Act becomes apparent. The ACA is neither affordable or sustainable. It is a complete failure that worsens with time. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


50 PERCENT INCREASE! Obamacare close to collapse, or success, depending on how you view it Watch

Image of Obamacare will only get worse, it can never get better because the government pays with a blank check each year.

By Marshall Connolly, (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The cost of Obamacare continues to skyrocket, surpassing all expectations. Obamacare is inching closer to failure. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Obamacare is inching closure to failure, or success, depending on its aim. If Obamacare was designed to provide ... continue reading


'Myself and my family are indebted to him for life': How one priest's decision began a life-saving movement Watch

Image of Fr Davis Chiramel began a beautiful movement in India.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A Bishop, nun and thirteen clerics have decided to follow Father Davis Chiramel's lead when he gave the gift of life to a poor electrician. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


'Dr. Frankenstein' to conduct world's first human head transplant Watch

Image of Valery Spiridonov is set to become the world's first human transplant patient (EPA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Dr. Sergio Canavero, nicknamed Dr. Frankenstein, believes he can conduct a controversial operation to give a terminally ill man one more chance at life. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Valery Spiridonov suffers from the very serious muscular atrophy disease ... continue reading


HIV outbreak spreads across US - Obama administration scrambles to control it Watch

Image of What has led to the spread of HIV (Avert)?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The United States enters a prescription opioid and heroin epidemic while the Obama Administration attempts to control it. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Guardian reported an alarming increase in an ongoing HIV outbreak across the United States.The primary ... continue reading


SEX BAN - British tourists advised to practice abstinance while visiting US Watch

Image of Zika can be spread through sexual contact or mosquito bites (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Britain warns citizens against visiting the United States following a breakout of the Zika virus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Telegraph, Public Health England (PHE) advised all British tourists visiting Florida should abstain from sexual ... continue reading


Doctor's orders - Do THIS to prevent a stroke Watch

Image of How can you prevent a stroke?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Did you know 90 percent of all strokes are preventable? What would you do to live a longer, healthier life? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI), ten risk factors can be modified to prevent 9 of ten strokes ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • The economic problem that could destroy America TODAY HD Video
  • Jihad attacks Catholic priest and attempts to detonate suicide bomb ...
  • Egyptian kings reigned with weapons from space? New study reveals ...
  • St. Sabina: Saint of the Day for Monday, August 29, 2016
  • My Winged Messengers
  • Daily Reading for Monday, August 29th, 2016 HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Monday, August 29, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
17 My child, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-11
4 Sing to God, play music to his name, build a road for the Rider of the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 14:1, 7-14
1 Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in ... Read More

Reading 2, Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
18 What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 28th, 2016 Image

St. Augustine of Hippo
August 28: St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers ... Read More