Doctors are baffled by an eight-year-old boy who was born with hands twice as big as those as a normal baby’s, which have now grown to weigh more than 28 pounds.
Indentified by The Daily Mail as Kaleem, the youngster from India has difficulties performing simple tasks such as tying his shoes or feeding himself properly due to his overgrown and uniquely shaped hands, which measure 13 inches from the base of the palm to the end of his middle finger.
Not surprisingly, life hasn’t been smooth sailing for the young boy and his family.
Speaking with reporters, Kaleem explained, “I do not go to school because the teacher says other kids are scared of my hands,” adding that many of them have bullied and physically attacked him due to his deformity.
He also explained how everyday activities are challenging for him: “I find it difficult to put on my clothes, button my shirt and pull up my pants,” he said.
His dad, 45-year-old Shamim, added “He has difficulty feeding himself because his fist does not bend properly – so we have to feed him,” although he said he can do a few tasks such as picking up a glass of water to drink, by “using two fingers.”
Because of his parents’ limited income, medical help has been difficult to obtain, but even the doctors who have assessed him thus far aren’t sure how to move forward.
“As far as my knowledge goes, this is an extremely rare condition,” Dr Ratan, the director of the local hospital, said. “I have not seen a case in medical journals or on the internet where only the hands grew to such a large size. Until we have done proper genetic testing we will not be able to say exactly what is causing this deformity.”
But there is hope still for the young boy. Dr. Krishan Chugh is the head of pediatrics at the state-of-the-art Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, near Delhi, and has reviewed photographs and videos of the boy’s condition and says Kaleem may be suffering from either lymphangioma or hamartoma, both of which are treatable conditions.
The Daily Mail explains “Lymphangioma is a condition of the lymphatic system which causes extreme inflammation resulting in doughy masses forming in certain parts of the body” where as “Hamartoma is a benign type of tumor where the body produces excess tissue.”
Although Dr. Ratan said the boy is in good health over all, with properly function lungs and heart, he warns as the hands continue to grow Kaleem’s cardiovascular system may face increased pressure, potentially cutting his life short.
The parents are currently trying to raise money to get the assessment and treatment their son needs.
“I have a feeling there is a way to get the resources to give my son a normal life,” his hopeful father says.