Being sick is the thing people don’t want to happen unless you don’t want to go to work as an excuse. Some sickness is easy to cure while there are some that lead to death. But there are cases of medical conditions that even feel worse than death. These conditions are so bizarre that you will think of it as an urban legend but it’s not and it’s totally real!

Maybe you’re wondering why it’s worse than death, the reason is the way people treat them. Their illnesses are so rare that people looked at them as freaks, they insulted them, ridicule them, and they despised them thinking that they can get infected with their disease. This is because they are ignorant of what is really happening to these people with bizarre medical conditions. They are suffering not just with their unhealthy body but with a broken heart and spirit, yet still, they persist to live their lives.

Now, these cases of rare disease are out in the open, but through modern science, society understands these disorders better. Let’s just all hope that cure is on its way.

Here’s a brief explanation of the medical conditions below. WARNING: You may find the images below disturbing, but we believe it is important to help shed some light on these conditions and make people more aware.

1. Cutaneous horns

Cutaneous horns Human-Horns

Cutaneous horns (cornu cutaneum) are hard conical projections from the skin, made of compact keratin. They are so named as they resemble an animal’s horn. They arise from benign, premalignant or malignant skin lesions.

2. Diprosopus

Diprosopus

A congenital defect also is known as craniofacial duplication. In the most extreme instances, the entire face is duplicated, hence the name diprosopus, which is Greek for two-faced.

3. Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis

Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis tree

An extremely rare autosomal recessive genetic hereditary skin disorder associated with a high risk of carcinoma of the skin. The people resemble bark of trees.

4. Haemangioma

Haemangioma

A condition that causes abnormalities in the capillaries and veins in the face.

5. Hidrocefalia

hidrocefalia

A buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling. Hydrocephalus means “water on the brain.”

6. Hypertrichosis aka “Werewolf Syndrome”

Hypertrichosis aka Werewolf Syndrome

A blanket medical term that refers to excessive body hair.

7. Macrodactyly

Macrodactyly Massive-Hand

Defined as abnormally large fingers or toes from birth due to overgrowth of underlying bone and soft tissue.

8. Maggot Infestation

Maggot-Infestation

The image above is the mouth of a man who suffers from a Sarcophagid fly larvae infestation.

9. Neurofibromatosis

Neurofibromatosis

A genetic condition which causes uncontrollable growths along the nerves.

10. Noma

Noma-is-a-type-of-gangrene-that-destroys-mucous-membranes-of-the-mouth-and-other-tissues.

A severe disfiguring gangrene of the mouth and face that starts as a gingival ulcer and spreads rapidly through the tissues.

11. Polymelia

Polymelia Baby-with-16-Toes

The presence of accessory limbs attached to various body regions.

12. Polyostotic Fibrous Dysplasia

Avatar faced girl

A disorder that features the replacement of multiple areas of bone by fibrous tissue, which may cause fractures and deformity of the legs, arms, and skull.

13. Progeria

Progeria

A rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children.

Despite living with such bizarre medical conditions, these people often display unusual tenacity and grace — something that is rare even among those not suffering from something as debilitating as progeria, a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children.

Let’s help society understand them better instead of mocking and hating them. Aside from medical attention what they also need is love, respect, and acceptance.

H/T: First To Know