25 Unusual Facts About Rose Marie Bentley: A Medical Mystery

A mysterious list: 25 Unusual Facts About Rose Marie Bentley: A Medical Mystery. Does the name Rose Marie Bentley mean anything to you? Chances are most of you probably never heard of her. However, her story is quite extraordinary.

Bentley was born with situs inversus with levocardia, a very rare medical condition, where organs are located on the opposite side of the body.

The condition is not only rare, but the chances of survival are low. The affliction only occurs in 1 out of 10,000-20,000 births. Bentley not only never succumbed to her condition, but she also lived to be 99 years old.

She was also a very active person. She swam, fished, sang in the choir, and raised a large loving family. Learn more about this remarkable woman with 25 Unusual Facts About Rose Marie Bentley: A Medical Mystery.

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Name of Condition

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The medical condition Bentley was discovered to have had is called “situs inversus with levocardia.” Even the name sounds very rare.

24

A Long Life

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Bentley had the majority of her major organs in the wrong places. However, despite this, she lived to be almost a hundred years old.

23

Discovery

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The medical students studying her body at the University of Portland noticed that the blood vessels and major organs were abnormally large.

22

Rarity

unusualfactsbentley22https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4415098/

The condition called situs inversus affects only one out of 10,000-22,000 births. There are not high mortality rates for this condition.

21

Survivig

unusualfactsbentley21https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4415098/

If you are one of the few that are born with this, you have a chance of 1 in 50 million surviving to adulthood.

20

Average Age

unusualfactsbentley20https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4415098/

The average age at death for someone with this rare medical condition is five years old. Bentley survived to almost 100.

19

Other reported cases

unusualfactsbentley19https://www.sciencealert.com/how-a-woman-in-oregon-lived-to-99-with-organs-in-all-the-wrong-places

Scientists are aware of only two other cases where the patient reached the age of 70. And before that second documented case, the oldest lived to 13.

18

Blessed

unusualfactsbentley18https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/health/99-year-old-backward-organs-medical-oddity/index.html

Bentley lived to be 99 years old. At the time of her death, she had lived to be the oldest person with her condition.

17

No Major Health Issues

unusualfactsbentley17https://www.sciencealert.com/how-a-woman-in-oregon-lived-to-99-with-organs-in-all-the-wrong-places

Aside from arthritis as she aged, her family reported that she had no real major health issues.

16

A Good Ticker

unusualfactsbentley16https://www.sciencealert.com/how-a-woman-in-oregon-lived-to-99-with-organs-in-all-the-wrong-places

Doctors reported that despite the Inferior Vena Cava, a major vein in the heart, being in the wrong place, her heart was in good condition.

15

Professional opinion

unusualfactsbentley15https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/health/99-year-old-backward-organs-medical-oddity/index.html

Doctors believe that despite most of her organs being in the wrong place, her longevity may be explained by the healthy condition of her heart overall.

14

Active Woman

unusualfactsbentley14https://www.koin.com/news/human-interest/the-secret-that-made-rose-bentley-1-in-50-million/1922019018

Bentley’s daughters told reporters that she was always doing activities with the family and that she was an excellent swimmer.

13

No Signs

unusualfactsbentley14https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/08/oregon-woman-99-organs-wrong-side-body/3405878002/

Bentley died never aware that she had this very rare condition likely because she never showed any signs of physical distress due to it.

12

Surgeries

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She had had three surgeries, but only the doctor who removed her spleen and wanted to also remove her appendix and couldn’t find it eventually noted its atypical location in her body.

11

Inspired

unusualbentleyfacts11https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/08/oregon-woman-99-organs-wrong-side-body/3405878002/

Bentley and her husband decided to leave their bodies to science after reading a moving poem about organ donation.

10

Undiscovered

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Had Bentley not donated her body to science, her medical mystery would have never been discovered.

9

Oldest Person with Condition

unusualbentleyfascts9https://www.koin.com/news/human-interest/the-secret-that-made-rose-bentley-1-in-50-million/1922019018

There have only been two reports of anyone else with “situs inversus with levocardia” living to be 70 years old.

8

Teacher and Singer

unusualbentleyfacts8https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/health/99-year-old-backward-organs-medical-oddity/index.html

Bentley taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir for many years.

7

Lover of Animals

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Bentley loved animals. Her husband and she ran a pet store for many years.

6

Jobs

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She was also a former hairdresser, campfire leader and volunteered as a nurse during WWII.

5

Traveling

unusualbentleyfacts5https://www.koin.com/news/human-interest/the-secret-that-made-rose-bentley-1-in-50-million/1922019018

Bentley and her husband traveled to all 50 states during their marriage.

4

Feeding the Family

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Bentley farmed a garden to help supplement her family’s meals. She truly was a remarkable woman.

3

Husband

unusualbentleyfacts3https://www.koin.com/news/human-interest/the-secret-that-made-rose-bentley-1-in-50-million/1922019018

Bentley had outlived her husband by 13 years. He died at the age of 86.

2

Large Family

unusualbentleyfacts2https://www.sciencealert.com/how-a-woman-in-oregon-lived-to-99-with-organs-in-all-the-wrong-places

Bentley had five children, 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

1

Natural causes

unusualbentleyfacts1https://www.koin.com/news/human-interest/the-secret-that-made-rose-bentley-1-in-50-million/1922019018

Rose Marie Bentley donated her body to science and proved that her heart was definitely in the right place.



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