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


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


A Long Life


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




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




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




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

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