Famous People with Colostomy Bags

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Famous People with Colostomy Bags

1. Dwight Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower was a former president of the United States. In 1923, appendectomy has been performed after some episodes of experiencing pain on his lower quadrant on the right. There were other surgeries performed after this and it lead to ileotransverse colostomy which bypasses the obstruction.

2. Marvin Bush

Marvin was the former US President George W. Bush’s son who was born in the year 1956 in Midland. He primarily worked in investment, acquisitions and mergers management. In 1985, his life had changed forever. There are times when he felt extreme pain with blood that starts appearing in his comfort room. This became an ulcerative colitis and major surgery is said to be the ultimate remedy. His whole large intestine had been removed. He was only wearing an external ostomy pouch which it collects his wastes. In 1991, Marvin Bush was named as the spokesman of CCFA and hoped he could utilize the public profile of his family as well as his excellent speaking ability.

3. Rolf Benirschke

He had been taken as second-to-last pick during the NFL draft in 1977. He was the placekicker of San Diego Chargers and had set sixteen team records just before he retired as the third most accurate NFL kicker in its history. However, these are not just the reasons why he became remarkable in his career. The truth is that he has been playing enthusiastically while fighting against ulcerative colitis even after he undergone ostomy surgery through the 3rd season. However, in 1979, he suddenly collapsed on his team plan while on their flight home. He was asked to undergo an emergency surgery to eliminate majority of his large intestine. Rolf was left wearing his 2 ostomy appliances. He found strength in family, his faith, teammates, friends, and even from the strong support of his nurses and doctors. After that, he amazingly get back into his professional football career.

4. Red Skelton

Richard Bernard Skelton or “Red Skelton’ was born in July 18, 1913. He was one of the great American Entertainers and he is known as a national television and radio comedian from 1937 to 1971. He was also the host of ‘The Red Skelton Show’ which has been a long-running TV program. Skelton has been known in the TV industry because of his presence in casinos, films, TV, nightclubs, and radio since he was a teenager. Despite his success, he also became known for wearing his colostomy bags. The good thing is that he was not prevented to do great and perform well in his career.

5. Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte has been a military conqueror and a world leader. But even if he had the power to rule the world before, he was eventually one of the people who have colostomy bags in their stomach. In fact, he had undergone a series of “After Colostomy Diets” just to come up with a suitable one for him.

6. Dr. Susan Rosenthal, MD

Dr. Susan Rosenthal has been the founder of Crohns’ and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). She had her ostomy as she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She died at the age of 78 years old.

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