I can only imagine what this poor man must have thought when he got the word that he wasn't all there.
It's amazing that he managed to function at all, but it only goes to show just how much we don't understand about our own bodies. I've seen people that had more upstairs than this gentleman, but acted like they might have more missing than in his case!
When a 44-year-old French man went to the doctor complaining of weakness in his left leg, a CAT scan was ordered, which was typical. What wasn’t typical was the resulting image.Diagnosed during childhood with fluid buildup in the brain, the man had been treated with a shunt until age 14, when it was removed. Apparently, fluid had continued to fill the man’s skull cavity for the next 30 years—slowly eroding his brain as it did so.
Although the unidentified man is a functioning, healthy adult, only ten percent of his brain remains. Scientists are at a loss to explain how a man missing many regions of his brain is able to function at all, let alone normally. It is hypothesized that the man’s brain is in a constant state of “relearning,” implying that the locations in the brain associated with specific functions may be far more flexible than previously thought.
I'm surprised that he doesn't have headaches or something. Still, it's amazing what we can get used to, I reckon. This story came from the folks over at Listverse!
Coffee inside this morning. We have a little cold snap moving in.