An Indian man, Bablu, suffering from a rare condition that caused one of his arms to grow to an incredible size, was rejected by his family and forced to migrate the streets.
Bablu suffers from local gigantism and was cruelly dubbed a ‘devil’s child’ by his neighbours. As a result, Bablu was forced to flee his hometown to start a brand new life in Mumbai, though it is not known exactly where Bablu was previously living in India.
After migrating to Mumbai, Bablu thought he would disappear in the crowd of millions and start making a living, but he met the same fate in the city as people were scared of his hand.
A local journalist who recently followed the 25-year-old around the streets of the city and filmed him as he went about his daily routine said, they didn’t understand why his arm had developed in such a way.
A video filmed by the Journalist shows Bablu eating at a restaurant and how he demonstrates difficulty in doing something as simple as holding a cup of water. He explained that Bablu has also found it extremely difficult to get a job of any kind since moving to Mumbai.
According to the Journalist, if he is treated properly, his bulky hand that weighs 20kg can be reduced to normal size, but doctors have however ruled out the possibility of his hand ever being like a normal hand as the condition has reached an advanced stage.
Gigantism, also known as acromegaly, is the result of an over-productive growth hormone. Local gigantism causes a certain part of the body to grow excessively – most commonly fingers and toes – but as is the case with Bablu, it can also result in an entire limb being enlarged.
Acromegaly or gigantism occurs when the body produces too much growth hormone, resulting in body tissue growing excessively. This usually occurs as the result of a benign brain tumour in the pituitary gland.
The condition is not considered to be hereditary as it is generally the result of a genetic change within a cell of the pituitary gland, but it can occasionally run in the family.
The tumour can also affect the production of other hormones, such as thyroid hormones released from the thyroid gland. Typical features include prominent facial features, an enlarged tongue, abnormal height and very big limbs.
It has been estimated that around four to every 13 in 100,000 people may have the condition, which can affect people at any age. Most people are diagnosed around the age of 40.