The Variables Change for One Incredible Human Life
A man with an I.Q. of 70 had his world turned around when an operation lifted his I.Q. to 180 over the course of roughly three months. Charlie Gordon, a man of 33 years, has lived with an intellectual disability for the duration of his life. Working at Donner’s Bakery and attending the Beekman School for Retarded Adults, Gordon, who is filled with a motivation to learn, was mentored by Professor Nemur and Dr. Strauss. And with one operation, they have made him a genius.
Said by Charlie, “If you are smart you can have lots of friends to talk to and you never get lonely by yourself all the time,” but for Charile loneliness seems to be destined. Because the results of the operation did not take effect instantly Gordon was admittedly frustrated.
Professor Nemur, a large part of this procedure, explained that what caused the type of phenylketonuria Gordon suffered from was unknown. Although whatever generated it, resulted in a defective gene which produced a ‘maverick enzyme’ that created defective biochemical reactions. This culminated in irreversible destruction of proteins in the brain tissue.
At a convention in Chicago, Gordon expresses how people came up and asked his opinion on everything, from the effects of the new tax to the latest archaeological discoveries in Finland, and his new storehouse of energy made it easy for him to talk about anything.
Gordon battles to find his identity and pursue the life he can now have with his knowledge. However, his loneliness persists as his intellectual ability surpasses those of the people around him and he grows distant from the world yet again. Even after this miracle operation the question of whether or not the effects will be permanent looms above Charlie Gordon, and those who support him, ready to wrench an inimitable event away from many.