This time it is the skeleton of a man suffering from Fibrodysplasia, a very rare disease in which muscle turns into bone when damaged. It is also known as Stone Man Syndrome. Eventually bones fuse together, leaving joints unable to move, frozen in place.
The skeleton of a sufferer of fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP)
Descriptions of medical cases in which people have apparently turned slowly to stone have been recorded since the 19th century; it is possible that some of these cases may be founded in reality. This “stone man syndrome” occurs due to an exceptionally rare genetic disorder causing damaged connective tissue to essentially transmute into bone due to a corruption of the normal repair process. This can often cause the paralysis of joints and ultimately the entire skeleton, as seen here.
The true story of a man who helps treats patients with fibrodysplasis ossificans progressiva, otherwise known as the “stone man syndrome”. It hardens the muscles to the point where it almost literally turns people into living statues.
Watching this movie has only given me more drive to be a nurse. To help treat those who can’t help themselves. To give those who can’t speak a voice.
I know I’ll be faced with death, and I’ll watch people die. But if I can make one patient believe that they were cared for, even by a stranger, then I’m fulfilling my purpose.