|Tarik shows off his hands|
According to his family, Tarik, from Uttar Pradesh in India, has had ‘big hands’ since the birth.
His aunt, Pushpa, said: ‘Since birth, his hands were always big. As he started growing his hands got bigger.
‘When his father was alive he took him to the local doctors a lot. But his father passed away and he only has his mother now, so he can’t get any treatment.’
Tarik is taken care of by his older brother, Hargyan, who helps him with simple daily tasks.
Hargyan said: ‘His hands are really big. I have never seen such big hands in my life. He is stuck in his life. He cant even change his clothes. I have to look after Tarik.
‘Its difficult for Tarik to complete his daily chores like bathing, dressing, and eating.’
The condition, the family say, has not been diagnosed by doctors who have compared it with ‘elephant foot’.
It has resulted in Tarik, who works on a tea stall, being bullied and refused admission to school.
Tarik said: ‘I had few friends in the beginning but now I don’t have any. People are scared of my hands. I wanted to study but school refused my admission.’
Tarik has been labelled as ‘devil’ by villagers who believe his prodigious phalanges are a curse.
He said: ‘People think having this condition is a result of some curse. They don’t know it’s a medical condition and it can be cured.
‘It’s just we don’t have money for the treatment doesn’t mean it can’t be cured.’
His brother added: ‘The school authorities said they could not take Tarik as his huge hands will scare other kids. He was denied admission in almost every school.’
His family believe his hands are from God and will return to normal soon.
On a recent visit, Dr Pawan Kumar Gandhi said: ‘Tarik’s problem is actually a mystery to us. We’ve never seen a patient with this before.
‘I have seen a few similar cases but they had elephant foot disease, his condition seems to be similar to that.
Tarik hopes a treatment exists so that he can live a normal and better life.
He added: ‘Chances are low but nothing is impossible.
‘In the age of science, there is lots of research, so nothing is impossible.
‘I want to get rid of this condition. I want to become like other kids who go to school everyday and play like normal kids. I see a hope that I will get normal hands.’
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