Life is wonderful to allow a useless thing to take it away from us. Although the human organs are essential parts and very important for our lives to be as normal as possible, these parts if invaded can still be removed so we have continue our lives without them since they might thus be turning to a liability or a host for what will take out our precious lives. Back in those days when someone like the Pontiff was a teenager and had some parts of his lung removed, he was cured of a tuberculosis which if not treated as at then might lead to a dangerous situation that might threaten his beautiful life. James Turner is an English man from Northumberland who had lost both his mom and brother to stomach cancer but had a total gastrectomy and he is living his beautiful life with his beautiful wife and children. There are other super stories of survivals who have all overcome the hell of losing their precious lives but prevailed at last anyway.
Is every organ needed to survive?
The answer to that question is NO! according to a medical personnel Tara. “Although there might be some shortcomings which such person will need to shift or adapt to and in no time will the person start living his normal life back without no problem.” These words of encouragement is out to those on the verge of losing an organ and probably scared of what comes next afterward. But the reply would be
Normal Life comes afterward
Organs you can life without
#1.) The Appendix: At times, scientists wonder what the function of appendix really is but research still continues although. The appendix as you may know is the little tube like organ that drops from the ascending part of the large intestine. The organ can become ruptured probably due to accident or a direct attack towards it. It can be inflamed and can threaten ones life if it bursts and spread out to other parts of the body (Peritonitis) This way, an appendectomy is usually required to remove the useless part and to restore a healthy and long life back to the patient. After the surgery, patients usually feel calm and recovers on medication to ease off infections on the long run.
#2.) The Colon: Colons are responsible for waste management in the body. Yeah they are very essential because the body needs to remove wastes off itself and the processing and removal follow up via the large tube. But what if there comes a problem and this organ that is suppose to be collecting waste and disposing it starts harbouring dangerous things like colon cancer which might endanger lives? Then it might be removed depending on medical advises. Upon removal, according to Mayo Clinic, a pouch can be surgically placed on the intestine to prevent having to wear an external sack to manage feces. This can be helpful especially to those who have had this type of surgery and needs to wear bags around for stool.
#3.) Stomach: In the case of James Turner, while he had quickly removed his stomach, doctors later found deposits of precancerous cells in the lining of his stomach which might have endangered his very life eventually if not removed. Well, the surgery is a major one and it involves moving the Small intestine up and joining it to the oesophagus. Patients usually get nutrients via vein insertion while they recover. In fact, upon recovery, they can eat any form of food just not in large quantity.
#4.) The Spleen: This is a quiet powerful organ. Yes it is. Its powerful enough to filter blood and help fight against infections in the body. But if it becomes a reservoir too, well doctors would simply say “You don’t need a spleen to survive” Well this means it can go out. Just that there might be some cases of infections according to Dr. McMoore. So such person might need to visit the hospital as often as possible.
#5.) Reproductive organs: Women with uterus cancer have had it removed and according to a report from the National Institute of Health, in the US, 1 out of 3 women have had their uterus removed at the age of 60 to prevent the occurrences or treatment for cancers of the uterus. In men too, the Testicles have been removed to prevent testis cancer.
#6.) Kidney: While we urinate, the kidney does the job. It helps in the urinary system for excretion of excessive waste off the body but there are people who live a full life with just one of these organ. There have been cases of children born without any but according to a report from National Kidney Foundation, such person might just be in need of regular dialysis. This doesn’t total compulsorily mean that we need two kidneys to live a full life. According to Dr. Margret, she stated that a person might need just one kidney to have a full life while the other might be donated, removed based on injuries or infections.
#7.) The Lungs Even if one lung is removed, the other can always switch functions and further on with the job. In the case of the Pontiff Pope Francesco 1, who had parts of his lung removed to treat him off a deadly infection, the pontiff is 76 and living healthy. In other situations, an entire lung might be removed if the whole is infected while the healthy one expands to take over the job. The deficiency might be that such person wouldn’t need too much strenuous exercises like those with two but will have a normal and productive life just as those with two.
#8.) Brain Hemisphere Back in those days when Dr. Ben Carson did the first ever successful hemispherectomy on a patient and ever since its been another type of treatment for those with seizure. How is it done, its done by removing or disabling parts or an entire cerebral hemisphere off and then the healthy hemisphere takes the full functions by switching cell naturally. According to Dr. Ben Carson, he said that while someone is below age 5 and have had or started having brain problems such as seizure due to epilepsy, the cells switches functions. That is the healthy hemisphere takes full responsibility of the the two brains functionality and so if the infected part is removed or disabled, there will never be a problem.
As you can see, the human life is as beautiful as anything and whatever might take it away will be removed first to have a full and healthy life. In a general note, people who have had parts of their organs removed are usually advised to start a normal life by taking normal foods, eating fruits and not over processed foods which are bad to the body.
According to a report from WHO, the organization stated that 60% most of deaths are preventable which means lifestyle at times are parts of what endangers people’s lives and healthiness. So to have a better life, we need to life a better life first.
Credits: Livescience.com, nostomachforcancer.com, Wikipedia