Woman lived to 99 despite her organs being in the wrong place

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Woman lived to 99 despite her organs being in the wrong place


A woman from the Pacific North lived to the ripe old age of 99 – despite her organs all being located in the wrong place. Stock picture
A woman from the Pacific North lived to the ripe old age of 99 – despite her organs all being located in the wrong place. Stock picture

A woman from the Pacific North lived to the ripe old age of 99 – despite her organs all being located in the wrong place. And Rose Marie Bentley never knew anything was amiss.

When Ms Bentley died in 2017, her body was donated to research, choosing the same path as her husband Jim had taken a dozen years earlier.

But when students from Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) used the elderly lady’s cadaver to experiment with as part of a routine anatomy class, they discovered she was anything but normal.

Indeed, they found she had suffered from the very rare condition of situs inversus.

This arrangement, present in just one in 50 million adults, leaves people with their liver, stomach and other abdominal organs transposed right to left. In Ms Bentley’s case, her heart remained on the left side of her chest.

“I knew something was up, but it took us a while to figure out how she was put together,” Cam Walker, an assistant professor of anatomy in the OHSU anatomical services centre, said.

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Irish Independent

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