Man Regrows New Skull After 50 Years

BBC News reports:

The severely damaged skull of a Northumberland man involved in a car crash 50 years ago has regenerated itself, a process thought to be rare. Doctors operated to treat an infection in Gordon Moore’s head and found the bone had grown back beneath the metal plate inserted after the accident.

This would not be unusual in a child, whose bones are growing, but there are very few documented cases in adults. Doctors said it was particularly remarkable given the size of the area. Mr Moore, from Ridsdale, made headlines previously by becoming among the first tourists to visit Iraq and Afghanistan.

The former postmaster flipped his car while driving near Berwick in 1955. The metal plate which was inserted was itself dented three years later in a subsequent car crash. His new skull reportedly follows the contours of this dent.

Mr Moore said the plate had never bothered him, but he was relieved he would no longer “set the alarms off at the airport”. His consultant, Param Bhattathiri, told the Newcastle-based Evening Chronicle: “It was a great surprise to find the skull had grown back.

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6 Comments on "Man Regrows New Skull After 50 Years"

  1. Jonathan Statski | Oct 11, 2009 at 6:13 pm |

    I never knew this was possible. They should look at this guys DNA to find out why.

  2. Anonymous | Oct 13, 2009 at 3:23 am |

    I think it is for real. He did seem to have problems with driving in the 50’s.

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