An Indian boy with a гагe endocrine dіѕoгdeг called “gigantism” was born with two hands that developed abnormally large, making it impossible for him to live a normal life.
But after undergoing a ɡгoᴜndЬгeаkіnɡ ѕᴜгɡeгу to reduce the size of his hands, he now has a chance to live like any other child. The іnсгedіЬɩe transformation of this young boy’s life is a testament to the рoweг of modern medicine and the unwavering determination of those who refuse to let medісаɩ conditions define them.
Mohammad Kaleem, an 8-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a small village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, has always been bullied by other children of his age due to his oversized hands. Even schools refused to admit him for fear that his large hands would frighten other students.
Kaleem’s family also faced discrimination from superstitious neighbors who believed that his large hands were due to a curse and that he was “the son of a demon.”
Everyday tasks such as bathing, changing clothes, and eating became increasingly difficult for Kaleem as his hands grew larger. His parents were too poor to afford treatment for their son.
However, after Kaleem’s story appeared in some international newspapers, the boy finally received help from medical experts in southern India.
Last year, Kaleem’s family was introduced to Dr. Raja Sabapathy, a renowned pioneer in surgery. Dr. Sabapathy agreed to help Kaleem.
“Dr. Sabapathy gave us hope. He was the first person to tell us that there is still a way to save my son,” said Haleema Begum, Kaleem’s mother.
Αs one of the most complex surgeries ever performed, the challenge for Dr. Sabapathy and his colleagues was to reduce Kaleem’s hand without damaging the nerves, so that the boy could still use his hand in the future.
“We decided to operate on one hand first. That was the best way to assess the boy’s condition,” Dr. Sabapathy said.
Kaleem underwent a series of complex surgeries on his right hand, as well as physical therapy to get used to his new hand. Now, Kaleem’s parents are considering having their son undergo surgery on his left hand as well.
Mr. Αmanullah Khan, an elderly resident of the village, said, “In this village, we thought the boy was cursed by the gods. But now things have changed, there is a way to fix his hand, and the boy may have a brighter future.”
Kaleem’s family believes that one day soon, their son will be able to go to school. Mohammad Sabir, the principal of the local school, said, “We know Kaleem. He applied to attend our school, but for some reason, we couldn’t accept him. However, now that Kaleem’s surgery has been successful, we think he can start attending school. We have also instructed other students not to bully Kaleem.”