Mystery of blue men — the story of one family

March 4, 2012 21:47

Foothills of the Appalachian Mountains were the scene of occurrence of medical anomalies, the existence of which is impossible to believe.

Mystery of blue men: the story of a family from Kentucky, whose members turned blue as a result of inbreeding

In the 1800s, the East Kentucky lived in complete isolation of the family, members of which had one very bright distinguishing feature — a blue leather!

The reason for this was the union of two people with the recessive genes and subsequent mezhrodstvennye mezhrodstvennye marriages and sex of their offspring.

Mystery behind the macabre painting, which depicts a family Fugate (Fugates), stirred up the minds of people for decades and was solved only in the late 20th century.

This story goes back to the early 19th century, when the bay settled Troublesome French orphan Martin Fugate (Martin Fugate), to assert their rights to the land.

He married an American redhead named Elizabeth Smith (Elizabeth Smith), who had a very pale skin color, and their union led to a rare genetic disorder characterized by a blue color.

Looking at this family portrait, we might conclude that it worked on a master Photoshop, adoring Smurfs, but researchers believe that these people could well be blue skin.

Methemoglobinemia (commonly referred to as gene-H) — is a condition in which the blood reduces the amount of oxygen. As a result, the blood of people with the gene-G is much darker than the one that flows in our veins.

As family members Fugate lived in such a remote part of Kentucky, they soon intermarried with all the few families who lived in the neighborhood, which helped to keep 'purity' of the gene pool, which was the predominant gene-G.

Photographs taken in 1915, sealed Lorenzo Dow Fugate (Lorenzo Dow Fugate) and Eleanor Fugate (Eleanor Fugate)

About Fugate first heard in 1958, when one of the 'blue men', Luke Combs (Luke Combs), took his prihvoravshuyu blond bride in hospital, located at the University of Kentucky. But doctors more interested in a man than his wife.

"Luke was the same blue as the waters of Lake Lewis in a cool summer day" — as described descendant of Martin Fugate, Dr. Charles H. Behlen II (Charles H. Behlen II).

"Carriers of the gene-G are not sick, just the color of their skin is different from ours, — wrote in a medical report, a nurse Ruth Pendergrass (Ruth Pendergrass). — They are normal, cute and very nice people. Luke strong young man with a beautiful face and skin the color of a ripe plum, and his wife, pale, as if not seeing the sun, a woman of 25. "

The parents of a recessive gene-G (red circles) may have a child with blue, purple and even red leather

Despite his eccentric appearance, all family members differed Fugate good health and asked for help from the doctors are very rare.

With the increase of population of Kentucky is diluted 'pure' family gene pool Fugate many new genes. Today, from the beginning of the 19th century, Kentucky — a real nest, which is home to over 4 million people, of which there is no blue-skinned. But even in the 20th century there were 86 children born with a recessive gene-G.

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