Fibriodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva

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There was something strange that strongly stood out when Jeannie Peeper was born in 1958: her big toes were short and crooked. Two months after her birth, a round swelling surfaced on the back of the her head. Her parents didn’t know the cause of it, and after a few days, it disappeared. Then, the Peeper’s mother noticed that she couldn’t open her mouth as wide as her siblings. After taking her to many different doctors, Mayo Clinic discovered that she had a rare disorder. This diagnosis meant that over her lifetime, she would develop a second skeleton, and she would begin to grow new bones that would stretch across her body and some that would fuse to her original skeleton, causing her locked into immobility, within a few years. The Mayo doctors told Peeper’s parents that she would not live long. As she grew older, she realized that she could no longer fit her left hand through her sleeve, because it was locked in a backwards position due to a new bone that generated on her arm. Peeper was taken to the doctors to take a muscle biopsy from her left forearm and had to wear a cast for 6 weeks. Except, it made it worse, because the biopsy and the cast caused her elbow to grow a new bone that frozen the joint, making her unable to move it. Over the decade, as she grew more bones that stretched across her back, locked her right elbow, and froze her left hip, she became accustomed to the pain. Fortunately, she is still alive today with the disorder. This disorder that Peeper

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