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Rare condition causes 12-year-old boy's hands to grow 12 inches

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 13, 2017, 4:26 pm IST
Updated : Aug 14, 2017, 1:49 pm IST

Doctors believe he may have Elephant Foot disease, a condition that causes abnormal swelling of tissues.

Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)

12-year-old Tarik's  hands have grown 12 inches long due to a mysterious condition.

The child from Uttar Pradesh has had these huge hands since he was born. However he was not diagnosed. People in his village have cruelly labelled him the 'devil' and believe he is cursed, according to the Daily Mail.

Doctors believe he may have Elephant Foot disease, a condition that causes abnormal swelling of tissues.

Facts about the disease:

* Caused my parasite carried by mosquitoes usually.
* The affected area, commonly legs and genitals become thick and sag
* The fluid causes the skin to darken and become ulcerated.
* Cases can become fatal if the blood vessels are severely damaged.
* Antibiotics need to be taken to treat the infection.
* In some cases, patients have to undergo surgery if the swellings are massive.

Tarik's family has been unable to afford a consultation fee with a doctor to seek treatment. However, the young child is hopeful of being cured by the disease so he can join other kids in school and receive an education.

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