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  • Who doesn't love a good horror story?

  • There's nothing quite like the thrill that comes from hearing a truly terrifying tale

  • or spooky story.

  • But there's one kind of horror story that's almost too scary to contemplate- these horrible

  • but true medical horror stories just might be scarier than the most terrifying ghost

  • story or unsettling urban legend!

  • When it comes to medical horror stories, doctors are the ultimate source.

  • Even though they've seen it all, there are always stories that stick with them, especially

  • the most gruesome ones...

  • For one doctor, the most memorable horror story of his career happened decades ago when

  • he was still a resident, and it has stuck with him ever since.

  • One night, this young doctor was the on-call resident for the Intensive Care Unit.

  • ICU patients are very sick, and there's a lot that can go wrong.

  • He was the only doctor in the entire hospital that night who could respond to emergencies.

  • It was just after 2a.m., and the young resident had been up since 6 a.m. the previous day,

  • so he decided to head to the on-call room to try and get in a quick nap.

  • He had just laid down and closed his eyes when his pager went off.

  • The resident knew that the ICU nurses were extremely good at their jobs and knew what

  • they were doing, and that they only called at night when they really needed help.

  • The resident rushed out of the on call room and ran into the ICU, where he found a patient

  • sitting up in bed, surrounded by nurses and holding a bucket that was half full of blood.

  • The patient looked oddly serene and peaceful, but every few seconds he would violently throw

  • up - and he wasn't throwing up vomit tinged with a bit of blood - he was vomiting what

  • seemed like gallons of pure, red blood.

  • The resident knew immediately that the patient needed a central line, a larger type of IV

  • that would allow the doctor and nurses to give him badly-needed fluids.

  • The problem was, there was only one room in the ICU equipped to put in a central line.

  • The resident left the room at a run, confirmed with ICU staff that the other room was available,

  • and rushed back to the patient's room to prepare to move him for the procedure.

  • He was gone no more than 3 minutes, but when he got back, the patient's head was slumped

  • over the bucket, which was now near to overflowing with blood.

  • The patient was dead - in the few minutes that the resident was gone, the patient had

  • vomited himself to death.

  • The resident went on to have a long and successful career as a family doctor, but he never ever

  • forgot that night and the incredible amount of blood that had come out of the patient's

  • mouth.

  • Doctors certainly have their fair share of medical horror stories, but experiencing a

  • medical horror story as a patient and being left to deal with the aftermath is a whole

  • new level of terror.

  • In 2016, at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in Japan, a female patient was seriously injured

  • following the outbreak of a spontaneous fire in the operating room while she was on the

  • operating table.

  • Hospital administrators were understandably horrified, and vowed to get to the bottom

  • of the mysterious fire, but their investigations turned up nothing.

  • All of the operating equipment had been operating normally, there were no flammable materials

  • nearby, and even a committee of outside experts brought in by the hospital was at a loss to

  • explain how the fire started.

  • Finally, investigators determined what they believed had caused the mysterious fire - according

  • to their final report, the fire was caused by intestinal gasses.

  • That's right - the fire was started by an ill-timed fart.

  • Investigators determined that the patient, who was having an operation on her cervix

  • that involved the surgeons using a special laser, had farted during the surgery, and

  • that the intestinal gasses that leaked from her body were ignited by the surgeon's laser.

  • Once aflame, the fire quickly spread to the nearby surgical drapes, which burst into flames.

  • The unfortunate patient was left with severe burns in her nether regions.

  • The memory of combustible farts might be enough to turn some people off of surgery for life

  • - but what if a medical procedure actually stole your memory?

  • Going to the dentist is no treat, but for one British man, it was a true nightmare come

  • to life.

  • William, a devoted husband and father, was also a successful military man stationed in

  • Germany when he went in for what was supposed to be a routine root canal.

  • William's trip to the dentist would end up being anything but routine.

  • As the dentist was in the middle of the procedure, inexplicably, William's memory completely

  • disappeared.

  • The dentist performing the surgery didn't notice anything was amiss until after the

  • procedure was done and William appeared confused and dazed.

  • The dentist's office called William's wife to come and get him, and he was rushed

  • to the hospital where he remained for a few days of observation.

  • Although some of his mental fog and confusion disappeared, his memory didn't come back.

  • Though he could recall everything before the root canal perfectly, William was unable to

  • form new memories that would last longer than 90 minutes of anything after the procedure.

  • He remembers sitting down in the dentist's chair and getting a shot of anesthetic in

  • his mouth, but after that - nothing.

  • Doctors were stumped to explain William's memory loss.

  • They initially thought that a bad reaction to the anesthesia might have caused a brain

  • hemorrhage, but further tests couldn't find any evidence to prove this theory.

  • William's scans also weren't typical for someone with anterograde amnesia, and a battery

  • of psychological assessments showed that he was otherwise emotionally healthy.

  • Though there have been other documented cases of spontaneous memory loss, no others have

  • occured in the dental chair, making William's case truly unique.

  • William's life today is a stark reminder of just how little we actually know about

  • how our memories work.

  • His wife created a special note in his smartphone titledRead First Thingfor William

  • to read each morning to remind himself who he is, and where, and when.

  • He has to be reminded daily that his son and daughter, who he remembers as small children,

  • are now 18 and 21.

  • William's case also shows how powerful emotion is in the formation of memories - the only

  • new memory he has made in the last 15 years is of the highly emotional death of his father.

  • He hopes he'll one day be able to remember his children's weddings and the births of

  • his grandchildren without a reminder, but for now, William's internal clock is stuck

  • at 1:40pm on March 14th, 2005 - right in the middle of his fateful root canal.

  • Memory loss is not what you would expect to get out of dental surgery, but what if you

  • inherited the life-threatening illness of an organ donor?

  • When a 42 year old woman received a double lung transplant, she got more than just a

  • new lease on life - she also inherited something else from her organ donor.

  • Her transplant surgery went off without complications, her recovery went smoothly, and she was sent

  • home to adjust to life with her new lungs.

  • Nearly 7 months after the surgery, while the woman was attending a support group meeting

  • for transplant survivors, she helped herself to a peanut butter cookie.

  • Within moments she felt short of breath, lightheaded and itchy all over.

  • Soon, she was having trouble breathing and she was rushed to the hospital, where testing

  • confirmed that she had a severe, life-threatening allergy to peanuts.

  • In hindsight, the woman realized that she had had 3 other minor allergic reactions in

  • the months since her transplant surgery, she just didn't recognize them as allergic reactions

  • since she'd never had issues with allergies before in her life.

  • It turned out, though, that her lung donor had had a peanut allergy - in fact, the 12

  • year old had died of anaphylactic shock after eating peanuts.

  • Experts aren't sure exactly how an allergy can be transferred between donors and recipients,

  • but there have been a handful of other documented cases of transplant recipients inheriting

  • their donor's allergies.

  • Inheriting a medical condition from a stranger is certainly bizarre, but what if the very

  • act of thinking could send you into violent seizures?!

  • In the 1980s, a 12 year old English-Canadian boy discovered the world's greatest excuse

  • for not doing your homework - doing math caused him to have seizures.

  • His family first noticed something was off when they were playing cards - whenever the

  • boy was tallying up his hand or trying to calculate the score, he would be struck by

  • a seizure.

  • His parents took him to countless specialists to get to the bottom of their son's strange

  • seizures, and further study revealed that the boy's seizures were triggered whenever

  • he did certain types of math.

  • Whenever he tried to do some simple mental math, he would be blindsided by a seizure.

  • Strangely, certain types of math triggered seizures more often than others - multiplication

  • and division usually triggered a seizure, but addition and subtraction were usually

  • safe.

  • The boy's doctors diagnosed him with epilepsia arithmetices, an incredibly rare condition

  • that only a handful of people have ever been diagnosed with.

  • No word on whether he got a doctor's note to get out of math class...

  • Math-causing seizures are bad enough, but what if after the most blissful moments in

  • your life you suffered nothing but pure hell?

  • A study in the Netherlands in 2002 aimed to get to the bottom of a strange and understudied

  • affliction that was affecting a small percentage of men all over the world.

  • These men were struggling with a host of uncomfortable symptoms, from itchy hives and swollen, burning

  • eyes, to nausea, an upset stomach and fatigue, to a runny nose and even trouble breathing.

  • But the strangest thing about these symptoms was when they would strike - symptoms would

  • typically start within half an hour after the men had ejaculated.

  • Seeing an underserved need, researchers jumped into the search for answers.

  • Given the similarity between the men's symptoms and the symptoms of an allergic reaction,

  • researchers wondered if the men might be allergic to something in their own bodies.

  • They gave allergy tests to 45 men in the study, pricking them with a needle dipped in a diluted

  • solution of the subject's own semen.

  • 90% of the men in the study reacted to the diluted solution, and the diagnosis of Post-Orgasmic

  • Illness Syndrome was born.

  • Sadly, there's no cure for POIS, but a course of injections of the subject's own semen

  • shows promise as an effective treatment, so there is hope.

  • Sometimes a good scare can be just what the doctor ordered, but these horrifying but true

  • medical horror stories just might be taking things too far.

  • You definitely don't want to think about these stories before your next doctor's

  • appointment!

  • If you thought this video was fascinating, be sure and check out our other videos, like

  • this one calledWoman Allergic to Water - This Is How She Lives”, or maybe you'll

  • like this other video instead.

Who doesn't love a good horror story?

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