Real Life Shark Boy With 526 Teeth (True Story)

Real Life Shark Boy With 526 Teeth (True Story)

You ever have a tooth ache? They can be very painful and distracting,
an on-going throbbing pain that just won’t quit. And of course, deep down inside you know that
the only way to get rid of it is a visit to the dentist, which means shots, drills, sharp
pokes in your tender gums… tooth aches are a real pain. But what if you had 526 toothaches? In July of this year a seven year old boy
in India complained to his mother of jaw pain, though initially it was ignored as it was
minor. Eventually though his parents noticed swelling
in his lower right jaw, and the boy complained of increased pain. Taking him to a dentist in the city of Chennai,
doctors did a routine x-ray of his mouth to pinpoint the cause of the swelling, and were
shocked when the image finished processing. Right there in the boy’s lower jaw was a large
sack, embedded directly into the bone itself! From what the x-ray showed it looked like
the sack was full of teeth to boot, and of different sizes. The boy was immediately brought into surgery
and placed under general anesthesia. Doctors then drilled into the jaw from the
top, opting not to break the jawbone from the sides so that the boy would not need reconstructive
surgery. Once they had drilled through the bone and
accessed the sack, it was simply a matter of fishing out what doctors described as basically
a fleshy ‘balloon’. For up to five hours after the surgery the
doctors carefully sliced through the sack, extracting an incredible 526 teeth from inside
of it! Ranging in size from .004 inches (.1 millimeters)
to .6 inches (15 millimeters), each and every tooth was fully formed with a crown, root,
and even enamel coat. While the boy will make a full recovery, he
suffers from a condition called compound composite odontoma, though in his case what exactly
caused the condition is not clear. Typically genetics is to blame, but environmental
factors such as pollution or radiation exposure in the womb or as a young child could also
be to blame. In his case, his parents believe he may have
had the teeth for quite a long time, as they first noticed him complaining of swelling
and pain in his jaw when he was as young as three years old. Unfortunately he would not sit still for doctors,
and thus examining him at such a young age proved impossible. Odontomas as it turns out are benign and the
most common tumors discovered on the human jaw. Typically this condition is discovered during
the first two decades of life, and is as equally prevalent amongst boys as it is girls. Sometimes, as in our case today, they are
only discovered when they cause swelling and intense pain, but most commonly they are discovered
when their presence prevents a normal tooth from erupting out of the gum line and into
the mouth. Other times they can be seen growing out of
the gums and in the way of a normal, healthy tooth, leaving an individual looking something
like as if they had a shark’s mouth with rows of tiny teeth. Surprisingly, people who suffer from compound
odontomas often describe no pain at all, and its only the eruption of many, smaller teeth,
or their prevention of a normal tooth erupting, that prompts discovery of the condition. While they pose no real health hazard on their
own other than impeding normal tooth growth, they can make tasks such as chewing very difficult
if they prevent the eruption of full-sized teeth. If untreated though, a person could live a
perfectly normal life other than occasional swelling and pain. What really makes our case today unique though
is the fact that most compound odontomas don’t have teeth as well developed, with the mass
being a mix of dentin, cementum, and pulpal tissue all existing in a disorganized mess-
sort of like someone took the ingredients for teeth and then tossed them about the room. Having the eruption of many, fully formed
teeth is rare, and having a whopping 526 of them is even rarer still! Despite posing little health risk, compound
odontomas should still be treated in order to prevent the formation of dangerous cysts. They can also lead to great discomfort while
eating, swelling, and naturally, the prevention of normal-tooth growth. Thus dentists recommend that they be removed
immediately, and if you happen to notice any persistent pain in your jaw, well you may
be playing host to a freakish amount of extra teeth! Also, dentist bills for the teeth we already
have are expensive enough, so getting rid of them before they financially ruin you for
life is probably a good bet. Having more teeth than a shark would be pretty
horrifying, but even more horrendous is a very rare condition often referred to as ‘tree-man’
syndrome. Known in the scientific world as epidermodysplasia
verruciformis, this rare medical condition can leave a person with wart-like skin lesions
that can grow completely out of control, and leave the body looking like it is made of
hard, gnarled wood. The condition is extremely rare, and only
a handful of confirmed cases have been documented by modern science. Caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV,
the disease is brought on in very select individuals who have a genetic weakness to the disease
that limits their body’s ability to fight off the infection. This allows the virus to essentially take
over the skin and cause lesions, which become extremely hard and take on a very wood-like
appearance. HPV itself can be contracted through unsafe
sex practices, but in at least one tragic case in Indonesia, the HPV infection and resulting
tree-man syndrome was brought on by a scraped knee at the age of 15. Of about 600 cases a year around the planet,
most develop many flat warts which quickly harden, though an unfortunate minority will
see the large wood-like tumors develop which can grow out of control. Typically these sufferers will see wart-like
lesions begin to grow uncontrollably across their body, though often the hands and feet
are most severely affected. In time, the lesions become so numerous that
new ones grow under the old ones almost like new growth on a tree leaving tree rings behind. Within a matter of years the condition can
become so severe that individuals can carry as much as 15 pounds (7 kg) of growths! The hands and feet are rendered completely
useless as the growths overtake the appendages, causing sufferers to be unable to work or
provide for themselves. Surprisingly though, the skin under the growths
is relatively unharmed, and surgeries can be performed to remove the growths and provide
some relief from the condition. Unfortunately the illness is untreatable,
and though growths may slow down or speed back up randomly, some sufferers require as
many as two surgeries a year to remove pounds and pounds of growths from their body. In 2017 a man living in Gaza had suffered
from tree-man syndrome for ten years, and when he visited doctors in Jordan and Egypt
they recommended amputation, with Palestinian doctors telling him that there was no effective
treatment. For a decade Mahmoud Taluli had been unable
to use his hands and was living in extreme daily pain. Then Palestinian and Israeli medical officials
arranged for him to visit an Israeli hospital where he had the growths removed surgically,
and in an experimental treatment, had healthy, unaffected skin grafted from other parts of
his body onto his hands. For the last two years Taluli has returned
to Israel for more surgeries, and though the condition is incurable, the treatments have
allowed Taluli the use of his hands for the first time in ten years. Yet removing the growths was not easy, and
required doctors to slice through the thick, woody warts and then deep into Taluli’s
flesh itself in order to remove the root- without removing the root the growths would
simply return again. To make matters worse, by touching other lesions
on his body and then touching the parts of his body where they had been removed, Taluli
kept reinfecting himself. To seek a more permanent solution, Israeli
doctors are now mapping Taluli’s genome, hoping to pinpoint the genetic abnormality
that leaves his body unable to fight off the HPV infection. If located, doctors would then be able to
develop an immunological-based treatment specifically tailored for Taluli, which would eradicate
the symptoms forever. This insight would also help other patients
suffering from tree-man syndrome, and could at last bring much needed relief to dozens
of people around the world who have been shunned and made into outcasts because of their monstrous
appearance. One such man from Indonesia died in a hospital
in 2017 after fighting the disease for decades. Acquiring it after scraping his knee at fifteen
years old, bark-like growths began to appear on his body, most notably on his hands and
feet. Within years his hands and feet were an unrecognizable
mess of warts that made them look like tree roots, and villagers feared that he had been
cursed. The former carpenter struggled to continue
working, but slowly the condition made it harder and harder to actually use tools until
it became impossible, though the social ostracization and fear of his condition, and its possible
supernatural origin, also made it difficult to actually find work. Eventually his wife left him, taking their
kids with him, due to his inability to find work and provide for the family. Even his family grew distant, fearful of catching
his disease or also believing that it had been brought on by a curse. Despite hoping that a cure could be found,
the Indonesian man died three months after being admitted to a hospital at age 42. At the end he was unable to feed or care for
himself due to the extreme growths, and had largely resigned himself to his fate. Though the illness is itself not fatal, the
condition had left him so weakened that he died due to several health complications,
including hepatitis and both liver and gastric disorders. Such extreme medical disorders are thankfully
rare, but when they affect a victim, can be completely debilitating. Worse, some conditions such as the growths
brought on by unchecked HPV infections can also lead to individuals becoming social pariahs,
especially in less developed countries where superstition is prevalent. Next time you have a toothache or feel the
flu coming on, thank your lucky stars that you’re one of the millions who’s body
self-defense mechanisms work properly, and aren’t forced to live with such extreme
physical abnormalities. What would you do if you discovered your mouth
had a bunch of extra teeth?! What if you woke up one day and your body
was starting to turn into wood?! Let us know in the comments, and be sure to
check out our other video What If You Woke Up With Shark’s Teeth? And as always if you enjoyed this video don’t
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100 thoughts on “Real Life Shark Boy With 526 Teeth (True Story)

  1. Oh no… that means my friend has this problem but he doesn’t know!

    Edit: the first one and my friend is also my best friend

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