The doctors revealed that a mother of five lived 99 years with a "totally backward" body.
Rose Marie Bentley, of Molalla, in northwestern Oregon, discovered a situs inversus with levocardia.
This caused the development of his liver, stomach and pancreas on the right side rather than their normal "left" position.
Ms. Bentley was unaware of her strange anatomy, her condition only being revealed after she donated her body for medical research.
The mother of five – who died in October 2017 – would be the oldest person with this disorder. Doctors say that the chances of surviving beyond childhood are as low as one in 50 million.
Although most patients die from heart failure, Ms. Bentley's family claims that she led a healthy lifestyle, her only problems being arthritis and acid reflux.
Rose Marie Bentley (pictured) died at the age of 99 on October 11, 2017. It is thought that she is the oldest known person with a situs inversus with levocardia, which caused the development of her liver, stomach and pancreas on the right side rather than in their normal left position
Born in 1918, Ms. Bentley (a young woman) was insensitive to her bizarre state and never suffered any health problems other than arthritis and acid reflux. She is one of the 50 million people with this disorder who survive into adulthood and has exceptionally no heart defects.
Medical students discovered Ms. Bentley's state of health last March after she donated her body to the donations program at Oregon Health & Science University.
Cam Walker, Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the University's Anatomic Services Center, said, "I knew something was going well, but it took us a while to understand how it was prepared.
"I think the odds of finding another person like her can be as low as one in 50 million. I think that none of us will ever forget it, honestly.
WHAT IS SITUS INVERSUS WITH LEVOCARDIA?
Situs inversus is a genetic disorder that occurs when internal organs are arranged as a "mirror image".
It is thought that this affects one in 22,000 people. Singers Enrique Iglesias and Donny Osmond are known to have it.
This condition causes the main abdominal organs – such as the liver, pancreas and spleen – to move to the right rather than being in the usual "left" position.
Situs inversus alone rarely causes complications, with most patients unaware that they have it.
However, problems can arise if the heart is the only organ to develop on the right side of the body, called situs inversus with levocardia.
This can cause heart defects in the fetus that can lead to cardiovascular failure at a later age.
It has been estimated that the chances of a patient with situs inversus and levocardia up to adulthood reach one in 50 million.
Situs inversus patients must wear a medical identification tag to warn emergency medical personnel that their internal organs are reversed so that they can act accordingly.
For example, listening to a heartbeat on the right side rather than the left side of the chest.
Source: Information Center on Genetics and Rare Diseases
Medical students were instructed to evaluate the hearts of corpses.
Those who examined Ms. Bentley quickly realized that she was "missing" from her inferior vena cava – the large vein that carries deoxygenated blood from the lower body to the heart to "catch" the baby. # 39; oxygen.
After calling their professors, student Warren Nielsen – who is now in his second year of medicine – said: "It's at that point that the hubbub started.
"They are like" oh, my God, it's totally backwards! ".
After further inspection, the doctors noticed that Ms. Bentley's abdominal organs looked like a mirror image.
"Instead of having the left stomach, which is normal, she has the stomach right," Professor Walker told CNN.
& # 39; His liver, which lies mostly to the right, was mostly left.
& # 39; His spleen was on the right side instead of his normal appearance on the left side. & # 39;
And that was not the end of Ms. Bentley's anatomical abnormalities.
His inferior vena cava was not lacking, but was heading to the left of his vertebrae rather than to the right.
Veins that usually spill into the liver or chest were absent or in an unusual place.
His right lung had only two lobes rather than three. And the right atrium of his heart was twice his normal size.
Situs inversus with levocardia affects one in 22,000 births. Most patients have life-threatening cardiac malformations.
The figure on the right shows a diagram of Mrs. Bentley's "mirrored" abdomen, her stomach, spleen and pancreas being all "staggered" out of their normal position. The only vital organ that developed in the right place was his heart. The left shows that she has only two lung lobes, instead of the usual three
I will live forever: the poem that inspired Mrs. Bentley to donate her body to science
The day will come when my body will rest on a white sheet neatly arranged under the four corners of a mattress in a hospital; busy with the living and the dying.
At some point, a doctor will determine that my brain has stopped functioning and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.
When this happens, do not try to instill an artificial life in my body with the help of a machine, do not call it my death bed, let it to be called the bed of life and let my body go out to help others. lead lives fuller.
Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby face or a love in the eyes of a woman.
Give my heart to a person whose heart has only caused days of endless suffering.
Give my blood to the teenager who has been removed from the debris of his car so that he can live and see his grandchildren play.
Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week.
Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber, and every nerve in my body, and find a way to keep a crippled child going.
Explore every corner of my brain.
Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that one day a boy without a voice screams at the crack of a bat and that a deaf girl hears the sound of the rain against his window.
Burn what's left of me and scatter the ashes to the wind to help the flowers grow.
If you have to bury something, be it my faults, my weakness and all the prejudices against my neighbor.
Give my sins to the devil.
Give my soul to God.
If, by chance, you want to remember me, do it with a kind act or word to someone who needs you.
If you do everything I asked, I will live forever.
By Robert Test
Ms. Bentley did not suffer from any cardiovascular problems, which scientists attribute to her long life.
When the heart is "reflected" like the rest of the abdominal organs, a patient is generally well.
But when the heart is the only organ not to change its position – as in the case of Mrs. Bentley – the affected fetus usually develops abnormalities that lead to heart failure later in life.
Prior to Ms. Bentley, there were only two known cases where patients had reached the age of seventy.
Speaking of the exam, Mr. Nielsen, then 26, said: "It was pretty amazing.
"We were able to learn not only the normal anatomy, but also all the anatomical variations that can occur.
"I learned to understand how she was able to live as long as she did. That made me wonder who she was.
This experience gave me an eagerness to take care of patients and to be able to apply what I learned from her.
A poster on Mrs. Bentley's condition was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists in 2019, at Experimental Biology, in Orlando.
She and her husband James – who died from pneumonia 13 years earlier – decided to donate their bodies to OHSU after reading a poignant poem about the memory of our loved ones after their deaths.
I will live forever from Robert Test: "Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby face or a love in the eyes of a woman.
"Give my blood to the teenager who has been removed from the debris of his car so that he can live and see his grandchildren play.
& # 39; Gives my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. & # 39;
It ends with the following line: "If you do all that I asked, I will live forever".
Their family read the same poem at the OHSU Gratitude Service in December 2018, thanking the donors and their families for their selfless act.
Bentley, born Phelps, was born in 1918 in the small coastal town of Waldport, Oregon.
Mrs. Bentley was a good swimmer, a camper and a fisherwoman. The mother of five lived in the rural town of Molalla, in northwestern Oregon, and continued to grow vegetables for her large family until her death. The trained hairdresser also sang in the choir of her local church and taught Sunday School.
Ms. Bentley, the youngest of four children, confessed that she was spoiled, according to her eldest child, Patti Helmig, 78 years old.
Ms. Bentley trained as a hairdresser and volunteered as a nurse during the Second World War.
The "excellent swimmer" was very active and often took her children to camp and fish, according to her third child, Ginger Robbins, 76 years old.
Ms. Bentley – who lived in the rural town of Molalla, in northwestern Oregon – has her gallbladder, appendix and uterus removed during her lifetime.
However, the doctors never found it. But a surgeon noted that his appendix was in an unusual place in their notes.
She and her husband owned and operated the Bentley Food Store, which sold farm and pet supplies.
The couple traveled to all 50 states and traveled outside the United States after retiring in 1980.
Until her death, Ms. Bentley attended the Molalla United Methodist Church, where she sang in a choir and taught Sunday School.
She was also a passionate gardener and grew vegetables to feed her big family.
Ms. Bentley's fourth child, Louise Allee, 66, added, "My mother would think it's too cool.
"She would be tickled in pink to be able to teach something like that.
& # 39; She would probably have a big smile, knowing that she was different, but succeeded.