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By the time they'd get to the top, the person would be gone.Finally, one day when the frustrated doctor was idling inside the Hazard clinic, Patrick and Rachel Ritchie walked in."They were bluer'n hell," Cawein says. After concluding that there was no evidence of heart disease, I said 'Aha!' I started asking them questions: 'Do you have any relatives who are blue? You could tell how much it bothered them to be blue."After ruling out heart and lung diseases, the doctor suspected methemoglobinemia, a rare hereditary blood disorder that results from excess levels of methemoglobin in the blood.' then I sat down and we began to chart the family."Cawein remembers the pain that showed on the Ritchie brother's and sister's faces. Methemoglobin which is blue, is a nonfunctional form of the red hemoglobin that carries oxygen.It was real bad in her," Alva Stacy, the boy's father, explained."The doctors finally came to the conclusion that Benjy's color was due to blood inherited from generations back."Benjy lost his blue tint within a few weeks, and now he is about as normal looking a seven-year-old boy as you could hope to find. Store news, Swenson Suites at 1547 Pacific, Oprah for President? “GILLIAN GREENSITE is off the grid for a week so no piece this issue.Look closely and you’ll see that the Auto Float Tire Store was selling gas for 30 cents per gallon! In case you missed some of the great people I’ve interviewed in the last 9 years here’s a chronological list of some past broadcasts. Rainer Maria Rilke “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”, Charles R.
Madison Cawein began hearing rumors about the blue people when he went to work at the University of Kentucky's Lexington medical clinic in 1960.But his first love, which he developed as an Army medical technician in World War II, was hematology."Blood cells always looked so beautiful to me," he says.Most lived to their 80s and 90s without serious illness associated with the skin discoloration.For some, though, there was a pain not seen in lab tests.
"I'm a hematologist, so something like that perks up my ears," Cawein says, sipping on whiskey sours and letting his mind slip back to the summer he spent "tromping around the hills looking for blue people."Cawein is no stranger to eccentricities of the body.