An eight year-old boy, who has been bullied all his life, is baffling doctors with his massive hands that weigh EIGHT KILOGRAMMES EACH.
Kaleem, who lives in India, has always had big hands. His 27 year-old mother Haleema said: “When Kaleem was born his hand was twice the size of a normal baby’s. His hands were big and his fingers were long. Initially his fists were small but they began to grow large as well and his fingers also kept growing.”
Now at 13 inches long, Kaleem’s hands mean he cannot tie his shoelaces or button his shirt and struggles to feed himself. He says he has been shunned his whole life: “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. They would say ‘let’s beat up the kid with the large hands’. Some of them have actually beaten me and would go after me often.”
Kaleen’s father, 45 year-old Shamin agreed: “Even when I tried to get Kaleem into the school, the headmaster told me to put in writing that the school would not be responsible if the other children were afraid of his hands or bullied him or laughed at him.”
A local doctor, Dr Ratan, director of the local hospital is baffled by Kaleem’s enormous hands: “As far as my knowledge goes, this is an extremely rare condition. I have not seen a case in medical journals or on the internet where only the hands grew to such a large size. Until we have done proper genetic testing we will not be able to say exactly what is causing this deformity.”
The head of Paediatric Medicine at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, near Delhi, Dr Krishan Chugh is more optimistic and believes that Kaleem is suffering from lymphangioma or hamartoma and curable with an operation.
Kaleem is nervous of an operation, however: “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.”