A Russian man who has lung disease can’t afford the surgery he needs, so he’s pinning his hopes on an autographed picture from French actress Brigitte Bardot. He received it after he sent her a love letter.
The coal-mine worker in Chelyabinsk, in the Ural mountains, is offering the autograph for auction, hoping to raise enough money for the surgery. According to this article, Man pins treatment hopes on Bardot autograph, he would like the photo and autograph to bring him a little over 2000 dollars, U.S.
The article doesn’t say what type of lung disease the man has, but the most common one that affects coal miners is black lung disease ( coalworkers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) ). This is caused by constantly breathing in coal dust, which the body can’t eliminate. The particles stay in the lungs, causing inflammation, scarring, and death to the lung tissue.
The lungs work by exchanging air across the lung surface, so when there are spots on the lungs that can’t allow air to pass through, this limits the work the lungs can do. The more the lung surface is blocked, the harder it becomes for fresh, inhaled air to make its way into the body system.
What do you think? Will the man get enough money for his treatment? I like to think that the novel approach will attract someone who will help him. Sadly, it seems that the autograph itself isn’t really worth that much money.