The family of Randal Mote, a 35 year old Angolan man, stricken with a rare disease, has reached out to ZWN in a plea to make his case known to the world. Their hope is that through this exposure the medical world will be galvanized to find a cure.
'Necrosis-Ambulator' is the medical term for what was essentially an as yet unknown strain of the Necro-Mortosis undead pandemic. . However, the medical world is finally becoming aware of this unique condition and what it could ultimately mean in the fight for a cure of the undead virus.
The reason Mote's mother told ZWN in an exclusive interview, is that he contracted a mysterious condition that has baffled Africa's leading medical experts. Mote tells the story of how In July, 2009 her son answered a dispatch in his taxi to pick up a lady outside Luanda's Hospital Maria Pia. The woman he helped into his cab was infirm on her feet. Mote thinking she may have been recovering from a medical procedure, was quick to assist. Unknown to Mote at the time, however, his passenger was in the early stages of Necro-Mortosis development. Within 48 hours she would be full blown zombified. He delivered her safely to her address and according to Mote, "no physical exchange took place, except she gave me her cab fare."
This is the point where Mote seeked medical attention. At first he was prescribed antibiotics, mostly through medical misdiagnosis. But Motes case gained notoriety after being passed from one doctor to another. Eventually specialist Dr. Kerry Brian became involved. "I immediately recognized what was happening, I simply couldn't believe it was happening to a living person" said Dr. Brian. "In the medical community we call this type of condition 'Idiopathic'. It simply means that we don't comprehend the source of the disease or affliction."
"Randal Mote had many of the symptoms of progressive necro-mortosis. But he was still alive. It was astounding. He showed some symptoms we have seen before in rare case around the world. He had Avascular necrosis, this is a disease resulting from loss of blood to the bone area. This alone can lead to the bone tissue dieing. He also had significant signs of skin necrosis. (purpura fulminians). This shows as a blackening or graying of the skin. It also becomes very dry. Cracks and legions can appear frequently. It needs to be constantly covered in a Aloe vera/vitamin C solution to help moisturize and regenerate the dieing skin. The skin shows a complete protein C and S deficiency."
What this meant to Mote was that he was slowly dieing. His body was going into delayed mortosis. However, there had never been a case recorded where a person had contract necro-mortosis and not developed full blown zombification within 48 hours.
Mote lost 65 pounds in weight. His muscles showed advanced signs of atrophy. Inevitably, he lost his job due to his inability to move his legs sufficiently to drive his cab. His skin started to exude a stale decaying smell. Large legions developed on his legs, His ability to concentrate, do simple house hold tasks and remain self sufficient also suffered. His mother became his care giver after his wife left, taking his two daughters with him.
At this point, Mote is under constant visitation by Angola's medical community and university students. Surprisingly though, he is not in quarantine after it was declared that he did not have contractible mortosis.
So what did he have and how did he contract it? we asked ZWN's resident science editor Dr. Nancy Chan. "I have my own conclusion as to how he contracted it. It's not confirmed of course, but the only contact he has ever knowingly had with another mortosis sufferer was that taxi ride 9 months ago. Mote is emphatic that he never touched the lady who was necrosis positive. But he did handle her money. Could the virus have been passed on via that exchange? if so then that is alarming in itself. It means that the virus is more transmittable than we thought. Perhaps the passenger had a small legion on her hand and it was transmitted through the money?"
Dr. Chan continues, "Cells which die as a result of necrosis do not usually send the same chemical signals to the immune system that living cells do. This prevents phagocytes (white blood cells) from locating and engulfing the dead cells, leading to a build up of dead tissue. This is in part, what Randal mote is experiencing'"
"But what does it mean in relation to finding a cure to Necro-mortosis? the implications could be huge if we are able to isolate the gene that is stopping full blown mortosis." Dr. Chan added.
Reaction from the community
Mote's family contacted ZWN in a desperate plea to make his case known to the outer world. Mote hopes that a cure can be found. He no longer wants to be treated as a medical curiosity but needs real world help. Angola's medical ability to help him is limited. Africa is inundated with undead cases, along with HIV and other major issues both medical and political. It's burgeoning scientific community is stretched to the limit and it is in the outside community where any real hope will lie.
Can he be saved?
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