Thursday, August 21, 2014

Homunculus hands

"I do not go to school because the teacher says other kids are scared of my hands. Many of them used to bully me for my deformity," says 8-year-old Kaleem, whose hands weigh 17.6 pounds (8 kg) each and measure 13" (33 cm) from the base of his palm to the end of his middle finger. His local doctor in India is unable to diagnose the condition that began at birth without genetic testing. Pediatrician Krishan Chugh of the state-of-the-art Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, near Delhi, has reviewed both photographs and video.and thinks the boy may be suffering from either lymphangioma or hamartoma. Both conditions are treatable, if the family can raise the funds (SLIDESHOW AND VIDEO HERE).

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