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.


Average Age


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


Other reported cases


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.




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


No Major Health Issues


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


A Good Ticker


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.

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