… doctors say they are helpless to operate.
A poor villager who is riddled with tumours weighing up to 40lb on his neck and arms after being hit with a mystery illness has been told he cannot be operated on in India over fears it would be fatal.
Shocking images from a remote village in India have shown the staggering physical impact of the man’s rare and jaw-dropping condition.
Five gigantic tumours grew on the man’s body over 30 years, leaving 42-year-old K Palanisami, with problems moving and speaking.
Poor Palanisami lives in the hilltop village of Podarankadu, Tamil Nadu, India, miles from any medical help.
He had grown up fit and healthy until the age of 12 when the growths formed. One grew on his neck, four on his arms, and five much smaller ones have emerged elsewhere on his body.
Palanisami was eventually admitted to hospital in Dharmapuri but confused doctors cannot explain the tumours following x-rays and blood tests.
The tumours now prevent the man from leaving his home.
K Sivasami, his older brother, said: ‘Everything was normal till he was 12 years of age. Then small tumours started appearing on his body.
‘My father Kailas took him to doctors in Dharmapuri and Chennai, but they said that the tumours are harmless and will not affect him.
‘The doctors also said that if any surgical procedure was to be carried out to remove the tumours, it could prove to be fatal for him.
‘As our village is located in the hills and as we didn’t have that much finance to travel to far off cities to seek medical help, we didn’t pay much attention to his condition. But, now the tumours have grown to massive sizes affecting his daily life.’
Palanisami has three brothers and one sister – but no other family member suffers with the condition.
His brother added: ‘Following the death of my father, we two brothers and our wives are taking care of him.’
The exact cause of a benign tumour is often unknown.
It develops when cells in the body divide and grow at an excessive rate.
Typically, the body is able to balance cell growth and division. When old or damaged cells die, they are automatically replaced with new, healthy cells.
In the case of tumours, dead cells remain and form a growth known as a tumor.
Cancer cells grow in the same manner. However, unlike the cells in benign tumors, cancerous cells can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.
Whether benign tumours need treatment depends on how bothersome they are.
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