Ridiculously Photogenic Surgery Girl

Last updated 05:00 30/05/2012
Ridiculously Photogenic Surgery Girl
WEB HIT: Rachel's picture has gone viral in a similar way to Zeddie Little's.

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"Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" ... meet "Ridiculously Photogenic Surgery Girl".

Rachel, an American undergoing surgery in the United States, has become the latest internet sensation after she posted a photo of herself in hospital online.

The 28-year-old US Army wife and mother-of-one said she had congenital emphysema and posted an image on social news site Reddit almost two weeks ago after an operation.

"IAmA 28/f who had 60% of her lung removed today and can't fall asleep in the ICU. I'm currently in the ICU of the Cleveland Clinic. My pain is being reasonably managed, but I cannot fall asleep. Anyone care to entertain me?" she said.

And people responded.

"Lose 60% of her lung ... wins 100% of my heart," someone wrote over her image.

Like "Ridiculously Photogenic Guy" Zeddie Little, a 25-year-old New Yorker whose image went viral after he was photographed running a 10-kilometre race in South Carolina, Rachel's image spread like wildfire across the web.

Some memes included: "Has to have lung removed ... to make room for the hearts of Reddit", "In hospital for a week ... in my dreams for eternity", "She has an injured lung ... you're the one that's breathless".

On Reddit, others wrote: "YOU CAN HAVE MY LUNGS THEN MAYBE AFTERWARDS WE CAN GO TO LUNCH", "That's either the best self-shot anyone has ever taken in the ICU, or you are just a very pretty lady".

Rachel, who did not give her last name and goes by the nickname "WhosThatGirl-ItsRach" on Reddit, wrote that she "never felt more beautiful" after reading the comments and memes.

"I just turned on my ipad today to try to read/reply to comments. WOW!!!! I can't believe how many people responded to my little post!!!"

She added in a separate Reddit post dedicated to her image: "OMG you guys are killing me! I am still an emotional roller coaster on lots of pain meds! I don't know if I should thank you, or laugh, or cry!

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"In real life, no one ever says anything about the way I look. I don't get hit on all the time(maybe because I don't like leaving my house if I don't have to) and I feel pretty average. People have been saying so may nice things about me the last few days. I've never felt more beautiful. Thank you :)."

But she also challenged comments by others who questioned how she looked in the photo.

"I read a few things online today where people said that photo must have been taken at the end of my hospital stay. I actually looked worse, the longer I was there," she wrote.

"I am just as surprised as everyone else that I managed to look like that. I know exactly what it is, too. It was taken when I was still on so many pain meds that I couldn't feel anything but happiness!"

Mr Little said last month that he planned to use his internet fame to run in the New York marathon and raise money for aortic disease.

-smh.com.au

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