Medical Miracles

Posted by Shazy on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Medical Miracles

Medical Miracles

A man who recently received the first full face transplant in the U.S. is the latest case of people who defy the odds by overcoming life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Read about a girl who survived months without a heart, a brain surgery survivor who went on to achieve amazing athletic feats, and other tales of medical miracles.
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A baby born twice
An internal decapitation
A window washer’s fall

Zheng Cao

Mezzo soprano Zheng Cao was given six months to live back in 2009. What was the diagnosis? The San Francisco-based opera singer underwent a successful surgery  that eradicated all of the deadly tumors that plagued her. Her medical nightmare had a storybook ending.

Tracy Hermanstorfer

This Colorado mom died while giving birth on Christmas Eve 2009. When doctors rushed to continue delivering the baby, they found he wasn’t breathing. Shortly after the birth, Hermanstorfer inexplicably returned to life and, with help from medical staff, so did the baby.

Macie Hope McCartney

When her mother was about six months’ pregnant, doctors had to remove 80 percent of baby Macie’s body from the womb to conduct prenatal surgery. She was then returned inside her mother and the healthy baby was born “again” 10 weeks later.

Rae Kupferschmidt

In 2008, doctors declared this 65-year-old woman brain-dead, removed her from life support and sent her home to live out her final days. Shortly after returning home, the comatose mother of two showed signs of recovery, baffling both family and doctors.

D’Zhana Simmons

In 2008, this 14-year-old South Carolinian received an artificial heart that functioned in the absence of a real one. Her case stood out because of her age and the sheer length of time during which she had no actual heart.

Shannon Malloy

A 2007 car accident separated Malloy’s skull from her spine.The Nebraska woman was saved with head and neck screws that formed a “stabilizing halo.”

Alcides Moreno

Moreno and his brother were washing apartment building windows in 2007, when both fell. Only 27-year-old Moreno survived. After transfusions and operations, he was able to speak his first words weeks later, on Christmas Day.

Diane Van Deren

In 1997, Van Deren underwent a lobectomy to help cure a serious health problem. The brain surgery left her with major drawbacks, but also enabled her achieve great athletic success.