Guinness medical marvels
Here are some interesting facts, records about medical extremities in the Guinness Book of Records.
- Garry Turner, of Caistor, Lincolnshire, England, stretched the skin of his stomach to a distended length of 15.8 cm. He has a rare medical condition called Elhers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder of the connective tissues (collagens) affecting the skin, ligaments and internal organs.
- The UK’s Tony Collins holds longest wait on a hospital trolley after spending 77 hours and 30 minutes stuck outside the toilets in the Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon, UK, between February 24 and 27, 2001.
- Peter Baulman (Australia) had a kidney stone removed from his right kidney weighing 356 g and measuring 11.86 cm
- The longest living hydrocephalic: Theresa Alvina Schaan (USA) was born on the March 17, 1941 and diagnosed with having congenital hydrocephalus. It is a condition in which there is extra cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain and spinal cord. A shunt has been inserted beneath her skull to drain the spinal fluid accumulating in her head.
- The biggest tumor ever weighed 137.6 kg and had a diameter of 1 m.