In dissecting in March 2018 the corpse of a 99-year-old woman, medical students from Portland (
United States) found that the nonagenarian had a rare case of organ inversion. Rose Marie Bentley was suffering from a congenital malformation called situs inversus, accompanied by a levocardie, tells
CNN this Monday.
Future doctors have been able to make this discovery because the American, who died of natural causes, had like her husband donated his body to science.
She lived for 99 years with organs in all the wrong places, and never knew it https://t.co/6wlDW31Tja pic.twitter.com/5tMatNI1Jq
– CNN International (@cnni) April 8, 2019
The stomach on the right, the liver on the left
"In my opinion, the chances of finding another person like her are tiny, of the order of one in 50 million. I sincerely believe that none of us will forget this moment, "Cameron Walker, professor of anatomy at the University of Health and Science in Oregon (USA), commented on the dissertation. United).
In Rose Marie Bentley's body, the stomach was not on the left but on the right. Just like his spleen. The liver, usually rather to the right, was instead located to the left. And all the digestive organs were also reversed.
An extremely rare case
One baby out of 22,000 is born with a situs inversus with levocardia, a condition that develops between the 30th and 45th day of pregnancy. The nonagenarian, she was lucky because only 5 to 13% of affected individuals live beyond the age of 5, says the US channel.
If Rose Marie Bentley was almost 100 years old at the time of her death and gave birth to five children, it was because her malformation was not accompanied by cardiac abnormalities. The American woman was unaware of the specificity of her organs, despite removal of the appendix, gallbladder and hysterectomy.