03-14-08, 03:29 AM #1
Woman sat on toilet for two years!
'A man should be charged for allowing his girlfriend to sit on their toilet so long that her body became stuck to the seat, the sheriff said Thursday.
Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple was among authorities who discovered the woman last month living in the bathroom of a mobile home she shared with her boyfriend, Kory McFarren.
"The house was cluttered but not in shambles," he said. "The smell was overpowering -- a terrible smell about the house, obviously coming from where she was at."'
03-14-08, 05:14 AM #2
there is already another thread on this called "strange but true" plus a debate in tiassa's "menagerie" thread
04-11-08, 06:49 PM #3
I was wondering how she got stuck to a smooth surface in just a few weeks. Anyone know how she's doing?
How the Heck Did a Woman Become Fused to a Toilet Seat?
(Hard bones + soft tissue) x one month of immobility = extremely bad news
Domestic disputes don’t generally make world headlines, but when they result in a woman’s buttocks attaching to a toilet seat, they tend to draw a bit more attention. After fighting with her boyfriend, 35-year old Pam Babcock locked herself in the bathroom of the couple’s mobile home and refused to leave… for the next two years. When her boyfriend, Kory McFarren, finally called the authorities to report that “there was something wrong with his girlfriend,” they found that she was physically stuck to the toilet seat—her skin had not only attached but, according to the initial reports, appeared to have “grown around” the seat. The cops eventually pried the seat off the toilet with a crowbar and sent the woman—seat attached—to a hospital in Wichita, where they were finally separated.
So how did this happen?
The woman probably became fused to the seat because of skin-penetrating wounds that developed on her behind. Such pressure sores, also known as bedsores, are lesions caused by sustained pressure to the body. In this case, the woman’s skin and underlying tissues became trapped between the ischium—the butt bone—and the toilet seat, cutting off blood flow and causing the affected tissue to become necrotic—i.e., to die. Such sores tend to be quite painful, enough that she probably stopped moving to minimize the pain. After being rooted in one position for long enough (the sheriff estimated at least three to four weeks of continuous sitting), the lesions became open sores, and eventually extended to the tissue below the skin. But the body persistently tries to heal, and as the wounds attempted to scab over, they actually scabbed onto the seat, fusing her down.
These deep wounds became infected, damaging the nerves in her legs; according to doctors at the Wichita hospital, this injury may confine her to a wheelchair. The situation may have also been exacerbated if she was perspiring, as excess moisture softens the skin and makes it more vulnerable to infection.
As for the skin supposedly “growing around” the seat, this aspect is probably more an issue of the soft tissue under the skin molding to the toilet seat, as opposed to the actual skin. Since she was completely immobile, the muscle underwent severe atrophy, leaving her with extra skin and soft tissue which, flaccid from disuse, conformed to the contours of the seat.
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