Eight-year old Indian schoolboy, Mohammad Kaleem was born with hands so large he cannot feed himself, neither can he dress himself well, nor tie his own shoe laces.
AdvertisementKaleem in his interview with The Sun said, "The teacher says other kids are scared of my hands. In school, many of them would say, 'Let's beat up the kid with the large hands.'" His father, Shamim, claimed the school had told him it would not be responsible if other children mocked or bullied his son. Since then the young schoolboy was forced to leave school.
Despite Kaleem's seemingly hopeless condition there may be hope yet. A doctor in India's capital city Delhi has reportedly said, "The boy may be suffering from either lymphangioma or hamartoma — both of which can be treated. This condition looks very rare but without proper examination and medical tests I am not 100 per cent sure about what this is."
The doctor added, "Lymphangioma is a condition of the lymphatic system that causes extreme inflammation resulting in doughy masses forming in certain parts of the body. Hamartoma is a benign type of tumour caused when the body produces too much of a certain tissue type." The doctors fear that if Kaleem's hands continue to grow they could put significant pressure on his heart.
Together both Kaleem's parents earn £15 a month, and are desperately searching for someone to help their son. His father Shamim says, "Money had been so tight in the family that his wife has sometimes been forced to beg for money."
The 45-year-old father in despair has reportedly stated, "I blame myself. I have two children but I am so poor that I cannot even take care of their upbringing."
Kaleem's hands now weigh 8 kg each, and measure 13 inches from the end of his middle fingers to the bottom of his palms.
Enduring all the difficulties Kaleem didn't want doctors to operate on his hands. He fearfully says, "They would have to make me unconscious and then they will cut me open. I have no problem if they could do it without an injection."