"Man With No Face" a Jehovah's Witness

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  • BabaYaga

    ...and that is the reason the tumor grew to such proportions, due to abstinence of a blood transfusion.

    Sorry if this has already been mentioned, and it probably has. I was just shocked as I have never been aware of this "small detail" of the story before.

    The following is a paste from http://www.amateurscientist.org/2007_12_01_archive.html

    Jehovah's Witness Without a Face
    When Jose Maestre was 14, a tumor began growing on his face. The tumor could have been treated with a simple blood transfusion, but since Maestre was raised a Jehovah's Witness, such a procedure was against his religion. Now the tumor has grown to a horrible, disfiguring 15 inches long, and it weighs 12 pounds. However, a charitable doctor at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London thinks he can perform a surgical procedure using ultrasound waves to remove the tumor. In all the heartwarming magnanimity on display here, is anyone else wondering how Maestre's mother ("from whom he took his religious beliefs", to quote the Telegraph 's article) was allowed to refuse him a blood transfusion when he was a child? Isn't that child abuse? This is a rather graphic example of the stupidity of allowing people to use their unwitting children as ideological playthings. If that woman weren't dead, she should be in jail. And if hell existed, I'd wish that upon her, too. More details here.

    Please note that the editorial above is not my own.

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    Jose Mestre
    BornOctober 8, 1956 ( 1956-10-08 ) (age 53)
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Known forAbnormal medical condition

    Jose Mestre (born October 8, 1956 in Lisbon, Portugal) is a man known for having a 40 cm, 5 kg haemangioma tumor on his face. [ 1 ] The tumor started forming on his lips when he was 14. Mestre has never treated his tumor because of "years of medical misinformation, some misdiagnosis, lack of finances, and reluctance to undergo treatment due to religious beliefs." [ 2 ]

    A documentary titled "The Man with No Face ", part of the TV series My Shocking Story, aired on December 6, 2007, on the Discovery Channel at 9pm. [ 1 ]

  • mrsjones5

    I've read that the poor guy passed away not too long ago.

  • BabaYaga

    Aw, really, Jonesie? Agh, what a life. I'm so sorry to hear that. Thanks for the update.

  • Nathan Natas
    Nathan Natas

    If memory serves, this was discussed here a couple of years ago.

    But it always good to keep people informed of the many benefits that await them in the Brooklyn Paradiseā„¢ promised by Jehovah's Witnesses.

    Following Watchtower Medical Dogma brings many benefits, does it not?

    Let us rise and sing song number 69, "Raspberry Beret."

  • straightshooter

    A very sad situation the WTS placed this family in.

  • dissed

    The GB got it wrong on blood and are afraid to change the non-biblical doctrine.

    But do they care enough about people to admit the wrong and change?

    The GB has a price to pay to someone.

    Forcing, then sacrificing JW's to prove some point. Then forcing them to do the same to their children.

    The JW blood story is an incredible story of abuse. From the GB on down to its followers, all are guilty and share blame, that carry out such an abominable practice.

    This practice alone proves God's spirit is not with them.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Thank you, Baba, for posting this ...


  • BabaYaga

    Thank you so much for all of your comments. It is amazing what horrors spring from the Watchtower dogma, is it not? Things which would never even enter our minds, and yet, look how it affected this dear man's life! Incomprehensible.

  • asilentone

    I do know one elder that has no face, he has a mask over his head.

  • BluesBrother

    I had no idea that this man was a Witness.. I recall the documentary being trailered but no mention of his faith in that. I confess I did not watch it - there have been so many "freak show" documentaries that I gave this one a miss. (That is no disrespect to the poor man, just a comment on the way that TV tends to view them as a marketable commodity, for shock value)

    Based on what was said above I looked for some follow up info. This link to a message board has people saying that there were unconfirmed reports that he died..


    Such a waste, if it could have been treated earlier. Another life ruined by sheep like adherence to bad religion and misinformation

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