Nobody wants to live with any kind of physical deformity, but some people unfortunately had no option because they were born with the condition to begin with.
Medical science doesn’t always have the answer; certain deformities develop due to underlying diseases, others are triggered by genetic mutations, but there are more with unknown causes.
Surgeries are in most cases the best chances for patients to improve quality of life or perhaps heal completely, although there is no guarantee whether such invasive medical procedure will not lead to complications.
People listed here have – or had – to endure many years (if not the entirety) of life being physically different from the rest of the society.
Few of them were turned into outcasts because even their own immediate families selfishly turned to abandonment instead of providing proper love and care.
Bear in mind that in the following stories, you will come across some uncomfortable images of physical deformities you’ve probably never seen before.
10 Mask Boy
When a 14 month old baby named Huikang was administered to the Military Hospital in Changsha in 2010, he made headlines throughout the world.
He suffered from a transverse facial cleft, a very rare condition that gave the boy a second face on top of his normal face, giving him the appearance as if he was wearing a mask.
Although it took the family a significant amount of money for Huikang’s treatments, the boy eventually underwent multiple surgeries to correct his face.
9 Jose Mestre
On 6 December 2007, the Discovery Channel aired a documentary film titled “The Man with No Face” as part of My Shocking Story series.
It was about the story of Jose Mestre from Lisbon, Portugal. This man developed a significantly large facial deformity, which started as a lip growth when he was 14 years old.
The lip growth turned into a tumor so large, which at one point weighed over 12 pounds, rendering him blind in one eye and almost completely unable to eat and breathe.
He travelled to Chicago in 2010 to have the tumor removed afte living with the disease for more than 40 years.
8 Turtle Boy
Didier Montalvo from Colombia had to endure a true ostracism from the school and community in his toddler age due to his physical deformity.
The little boy was born with a condition called congenital melanocytic nevus, which caused moles to grow all over his body.
One section of the mole grew so fast that it covered almost his entire back, hence the unfortunate moniker.
Neil Bulstrode, a leading plastic surgeon, manage to have Montalvo travelled to Bogota where Bulstrode and his team of specialists performed a series of successful surgeries to remove the mole.
7 The Tree Man
Dede Koswara, also known as “The Tree Man,” was a carpenter from Indonesia who suffered from a medical condition known as epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV), a rare skin disorder that causes human papillomavirus (HPV) to grow out of control, leading to the growth and development of warts that resemble tree bark.
In August 2008, he underwent multiple surgeries that successfully removed about 13 pounds (about 95%) of the warts from his body.
His condition notably improved that he regained use of his hands and feet.
Unfortunately the surgeries and treatments did not stop the warts from growing back. He died in January 2016 from a series of health problems related to the skin disorder.