Eight years ago, a young boy in India was born with extraordinarily large hands. Doctors said the child, Kaleem, had hands twice the size of a normal baby.
Kaleem’s hands continued to grow as he aged. After a few years, it became clear he didn’t just have large hands, but that a medical condition was causing them.
At eight years old, his hands now measure over a foot long from palm to finger tip. He can no longer do everyday tasks like write or tie his shoes. Although his hands cause no serious health problems now, doctors fear they could put extra stress on his cardiovascular system as he ages.
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Doctors have a few guesses as to what’s at work in Kaleem’s body, but no definitive answers. Dr. Krishan Churgh of the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, India suspects Kaleem could have lymphangioma or hamartoma, both of which are treatable conditions.
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“This condition looks very rare and I have come across something like this before. Without proper examination and medical tests I am not 100 percent sure about what this is,” Dr. Churgh said.
Kaleem’s parents are trying to raise money to fund the necessary medical tests. In the meantime, Kaleem will have to continue coping with the troubles brought on by his hands.
“I find it difficult to put on my clothes, button my shirt and pull up my pants,” Kaleem says. “But I don't know if I want doctors to operate on my hands. They would have to make me unconscious and then they would cut me open. I have no problem if they could do it without an injection. A small operation would be okay.”
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