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Woman baffles doctors with condition that sees her hand swell to the size of a football
Online Desk |:| Fri, 22 Apr'2016, 9:31 AM |:| Online Version
Woman baffles doctors with condition that sees her hand swell to the size of a football
A 36 year-old woman has baffled doctors with a medical condition that causes inexplicable swelling to her right hand, palm and fingers.

Mother-of-two Afroza Begumrom, from Sirjagon in Bangladesh, has lived with the mystery disorder most of her life as it currently remains undiagnosed.

Her painful illness is so intense that she can barely lift her right hand.

She has started to suffer from blisters which burst – resulting in open sores and limiting her dexterity.

As a result of the debilitating condition, Mrs Begum – who has two children; daughter Khatun Lily,19, and son Arman Hossain, 17 – struggles to work and is hoping for interventional treatment or surgery.

‘The pain is excruciating. I have visited several doctors in my village,’ she said.

‘I have taken numerous X-ray tests to check if the bone was growing but the results always showed my bones were fine.

‘Instead, there was problem with the flesh but doctors could not ascertain what caused it to grow into a lump, thickening the fingers.’

Mrs Begum says she was born with a mass on her ring finger that was unusually thick. As she grew older, it eventually spread over her entire palm and fingers.

When no local doctor could help her, they advised her to take her case to advanced hospitals in Dhaka, the national capital.

But she’s been unable to visit specialists because of their high cost, which she and her husband cannot afford.

Her partner, Bilal Hossain, 40, said: ‘It hurts me when I see her crying in pain but I am helpless.

‘My income and expenses on children’s education doesn’t allow me to spend on her treatment but I want her to get rid of the lumps.

My hand is just a useless piece of flesh – but I want it to work.
Afroza Begum

‘I wish somebody would come forward and help us in her treatment,’ added Bilal who makes 5000 Bangladeshi Taka (£45) a month.’

Now, Afroza is now hoping that telling her story will help her find a cure.

She said: ‘I devoted my life to raising up my children and looking after my husband.

‘I learnt working and cooking from one hand. I made myself well-equipped.

‘But, now, as my children have grown up, I want to give some attention to myself.

‘I want to get a treatment to cure my disease. I also wish to have normal hand. My hand is just a useless piece of flesh but I want it to work. I hope somebody would come forward to help.’

(Daily Mail)

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