Tall People May Have Marfan Syndrome
February 15, 2013 10:05am CST
Are you aware of a disease called Marfan Syndrome. I did not knew about the disease a month ago. But now, I am trying to promote awareness about this disease. Before 2012 ended, my colleague was brought to the hospital because of chest pains and difficulty in breathing. Doctors were on a holiday so the medical attention he got was a good source of oxygen supply from the breathing apparatus there. On January 2, it was discovered that his heart had a rupture. He was brought to Makati Medical Hospital here in the Philippines. After several tests, his doctor said that he needs to undergo a heart surgery. They need to replace the arteries that erupted in his heart. Though the operation cannot push through because he has pneumonia and his lungs needs to be clear during the operation to be able to survive it. He was also diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. A disease of the gene,it is hereditary but at rare times, a change in the gene structure can also cause it. A person who has Marfan syndrome are very tall. Their arms when stretched apart are longer that their actual height. They also have delicate veins. Persons with this kind of disease can live up to their 60's. But my colleague died last January 29 at the age of 30. It was a real shock for all of us. He did not knew about the disease he had. If he knew, he would not involve himself in contact sports and other physical activities as well. People who have Marfan Syndrome have weak hearts and lungs. Their veins are too thin, so any form of routine that may cause abuse to these veins is detrimental and sometimes fatal. He was an athlete, he always join in running activities, he goes to the gym and plays basketball. Things that he should not be doing if he only knew he had Marfan Syndrome. He stayed at the hospital for a month. He struggled but he never had the chance to undergo operation because of his weak lungs. He fought a brave fight. But in the end, God decided to end his pain. He died at thirty living her wife or two years and a one year old daughter. We cannot help but feel bad because no one knew about the disease. Things would have been different for him ad for others who has the same story e has.
16 Feb 13
I am so sorry for the loss. seriously i heard about this marfan syndrome for the first time. I heard that people who are tall have this muscle problems and also leg problems but not this one. If this is hereditary then its even more dangerous. As the diseases which are hereditary are impossible to get cured . And the doctors also didn't give treatment at the proper time which is also not welcom.Thanks for sharing about this unknown disease/syndrome
18 Feb 13
Thanks for the appreciation. I really wish the government and other organizations can do something to promote awareness for diseases like this. If people are aware, there is a chance that a person with the disease can do precautionary measures to be able to extend his/her lifespan by knowing the things they should avoid and other activities that may cause this disease to progress faster that it should have.
18 Feb 13
The journey my colleague took was really a wake up call for many of us. In tribute to his wonderful life and the courage he has shown during his struggle, I am planning to create a website or a organization that would educate people about diseases like this. He was able to inspire me to help in saving lives.
18 Feb 13
The disease is really a scary one. I am already starting to write articles and learn more about the disease to be able to educate others about the disease. It is very sad in our part to experience something so hurtful like this before actually being informed about such illness. We could have changed something if we only knew what to do.