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Shoeaholics Anonymous Disclosure

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I was watching a special on TLC last weekend about Proteus Syndrome, where people have atypical growth of certain parts of their body.   One of the interviewed was Mandy Sellars, a beautiful woman from the waist up, and elephant woman from the waist down.     She has to  frequently get custom made shoes because even at age 33, her legs and feet continue to grow. My  question was why didn’t/don’t they just amputate the legs and wear prosthetics, not only for cosmetic reasons but for mobility?

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  1. because the illness is tied to the endocrine system as well as (often) the neurological system simply removing the limbs would not curb the effect and may cause it to deform any remaining tissue, bone, muscle…etc.

  2. Thanks for sharing Kim – I had not heard of this before and it is very interesting to read about!

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