Man bleeds green Vulcan blood…WTF??

“WTF”…I don’t believe there was ever a more appropriate occasion for using the expression to describe the eeriness of a situation. Imagine walking (or rather rolling) into the surgery room, trying to think good thoughts to get you through the next couple of hours or so, and suddenly your self-soothing meditation is cut short with the gasping of professional surgeons. What’s that? You look down to find yourself bleeding dark green blood…which I learned, from this article, is exactly what flows through Mr. Spock’s veins.

Full article here

The patient had been taking large doses of sumatriptan – 200 milligrams a day.

This had caused a rare condition called sulfhaemoglobinaemia, where sulphur is incorporated into the oxygen-carrying compound haemoglobin in red blood cells.

According to the science fantasy television series Star Trek, Mr Spock had green blood because the oxygen-carrying agent in Vulcan blood includes copper, rather than iron, as is the case in humans.

Mr Spock had a human mother, and Vulcan father, from whom he inherited his inability to make sense of human emotion, as well as his green blood.


~ by ziddi on June 9, 2007.

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