Recently some members of our staff had the honor of attending a memorial service for a remarkable woman named Carol Orzel.You probably don’t know her name, yet, but we hope that you will all get to know her sometime in the future. Carol lived at Inglis House here in Philadelphia, with a rare disease named Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). If you recognize the name of this disease, it could be because we have, on display, the skeleton of Harry Eastlack, who lived with the same condition and donated his body to medical research. Carol’s wish was to have her body donated to The Mütter Museum so she can be displayed next to Harry, and studied by researchers pioneering a cure to FOP and other bone disorders. We are honored that Carol made it her wish to donate her body to The Mütter Museum. It is not often that we are offered – or accept – donations such as Carol’s, and this is an extremely rare opportunity that we will take time and delicate care to coordinate. We thank Inglis House for giving us the opportunity to get to know Carol through the memories of those who knew her in life, and we look forward to being able to share the next chapter of her story.
May 3, 2017, The Skeleton in the Closet, Inglis House
May 2, 2018, Remains of woman with rare genetic condition donated to Mütter Museum, KYW
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