April 11, 1862: Born, Joseph Merrick. Better known as "The Elephant Man", Merrick was born with severe deformities and spent most of his life on exhibition as a curiosity. His sad life came to an end in 1890, when he died, officially of asphyxia. An autopsy revealed that his neck was broken. It is believed that Merrick, who normally slept sitting up because of the great weight of his head, had attempted to sleep lying down, to "be like other people."
Pinned as "freaks". How compassionate. It is actually a photograph of John Merrick aka 'The Elephant Man'. Of normal intelligence in 2001 it was proposed that Merrick had suffered from a combination of neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome.
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.
The Elephant Man Joseph Merrick developed a physical disorder that caused his limbs to grow extremely large when he was five years old. He joined a side-show attraction where he was treated well and earnt a large sum of money. A visiting doctor saw him there and made arrangements for him to live a better life. It now believed that Joseph Merrick actually suffered from Proteus Syndrome and not elephantiasis as is commonly thought. Merrick died at the age of 27 from suffocation while he slept
Proteus Syndrome in conjunction with neurofibromatosis type I, this is the disease that likely afflicted Joseph Merrick, the so-called Elephant Man. It’s a condition in which bones, skin, and other tissues are overgrown.