Rudy Santos is the oldest person known in history to live with a rare condition known as parasitic twin. He was born in 1953 in the Philippines with an extra leg, two arms, shoulders and an extra pair of nipples which are attached to his pelvis and protrude from his abdomen. An undeveloped head is attached to his sternum. He is the subject of a documentary titled Octopus Man which TLC will air on Monday, September 21 at 8pm.
Santos made a good living as the star attraction in “freak shows” in the 1970s and 1980s. He met his wife Evelyn on the road. She was a magician’s assistant in a carnival. In the documentary Evelyn says “it was love at first sight” when she met Rudy. “Even though he’s how he is, he’s kind, helpful, sweet and a loving man.” Now they live together with their daughter Liza in a shack, in poverty. When Rudy was examined by medical experts in 2008 who deemed him viable for removal surgery, Santos refused claiming “he had grown too attached to his appendages” to have them removed.