Angola's 'Half Man/Half Zombie' Reaches Out For Help
Luanda, Angola, Africa
Posted: 10th, Apr. 2010
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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.


Nine months ago, Mote was a taxi driver, living and working in Luanda, the busy capitol of Angola. He lived in a small suburb with his wife, mother and 2 children. Now, after what his mother Lydia Mote calls "our nightmare year", Mote has lost his job, his children have been taken into care and his wife has separated from him.

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."

Symptoms develop
This only adds to the mystery as to how Randal Mote contacted the virus. This was Motes only exposure to the undead plague that he knows of. Within weeks he noticed that his circulation was getting weaker. he would wake with "terrible pins and needles" in his arms and legs. His right arm and hand were constantly cold. Within the next month his condition had developed to such an extent that he had trouble getting out of bed in the mornings. His legs stiffened. His joints failed to move as they should , and his skin started to discolor. A yellowish hue with deep black patches and hardened stone gray areas.

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
Motes immediate family have stuck by him, his 2 brothers visit daily. His mother is a constant fixture by his side. The local community have treated him with mixed reaction. Understandably, many have been concerned that a possible necrotic carrier is living in their community. At first there was some hostility. Minor cases of intimidation and vandalism to his home. But his brothers continued presence was able to discourage any further violence. In general, the local community has rallied around him and protected him from outside curiosity seekers.

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?
It is estimated that Mote has no more than a few months to find a cure. The affliction is slowly shutting down his major organs. He is now wheel chair dependant. He also needs constant medical care. Pain killers and other medicine is having less effect as his nervous system slowly ceases to function. He drifts in and out of consciousness. When he is lucid his communication is in short burst of confused sentences. Occasionally the clouds in his mind part long enough for him to talk. But they soon return him to a sad, withdrawn figure. A man in desperate need of help from a scientific community that has no cure in site

 


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