We all have heard stories about people who have donated their organs and still function properly all through their life. We have heard about individuals who work with one kidney and live a very fulfilling and complete life. All they have to do is to have a positive attitude towards life and have the will power to face the challenges that come their way. In this article, we are going to list those vital organs that are mere spare parts in our bodies and without which we can function appropriately and efficiently all through our lives.
You can live without your heart. When a person goes for a heart transplant, his heart is removed, and an artificial heart is put into the chest that pumps the blood in and out of the body. All he has to do is to carry a device that held a power source for the artificial heart. Thus this artificial heart keeps him alive until he gets a transplant. It also reduces complications and improved the recovery time after transplant.
There are people in this world who are born without a brain, literally. This condition os called hydranencephaly. It is a very rare disorder in which people are born without a cerebral cortex and sometimes without a part of the brain stem. Although doctors are not giving much hope to these kinds of patients, however, some live well above six years with life support.
Doctors also do not give much support and hope to the patients born without bones. This condition is called hypophosphatasia. In this condition, the patient has no skull to keep the pressure off the brain, no ribs, and no bones what to ever.
Thus we can see that bones are not that integral part of our bodies. We can function well without them. A girl was born to the Amador family, and she had this condition called hypophosphatasia in which she had no skull, no ribs and no bones what so ever. The doctors did not give the family much hope however the family wanted to go for a clinical trial for their baby. After the clinical trial, they found out that the baby has an enzyme that can promote the growth of bones. After six years of intense treatment, she not only had her own original bones but also began to learn dancing.
It is also completely possible for a person to live without a stomach. Although it is done in extreme scenarios, however, it does happen that a person’s stomach is either removed partially or completely. It mostly happens in the case of stomach cancer or other stomach related disorders in which it is entirely impossible to treat with the presence of stomach.
In these scenarios, the small intestine is directly connected to the esophagus which allows the person to eat in small meals. The patient is likely to put on special vitamin supplements to make up for his body requirements.