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Pakistani Teen Bedridden Due to Massive Tumor On Hip and Thigh

At 18 years old, you would think a young person should be fit, active, and have his whole life ahead of him. For some youths, however, it's not the case. Health problems can plague even the young, and when there is little access to health care or money, a small problem can turn into a life-changing condition.

One Pakistani teen suffering from a massive tumor has been praying for a miracle, and it looks like he got it. Local officials got wind of his story, and he's getting the surgery he needs for free.

Unlike his peers, Muhammad Essa Pallari is not able to run around, work, or live a normal life. This is because the young man has a massive tumor growing off his hip and thigh. The tumor weighs in at a whopping 44 pounds, making Pallari unable to walk, or even stand. he's bedridden.

The tumor first began growing in 2013, but the family was so poor that they were unable to do anything about it. Without any medical help, the tumor just continued to grow.

"Five years ago, Essa noticed swelling in his right thigh not bigger than a table tennis ball," said Allah Dino, the teen's 52-year-old father.

"We ignored the tumor initially and it kept growing. In the last year it has grown more rapidly. He has since been completely bedridden and needs help in everything from changing clothes to going to washroom. We are worried about his future."

Unfortunately, Mr. Dino earns the equivalent of about $5 per day. He was unable to get his son the medical help he needed.

"I couldn't take my son to any good hospital on time because I didn't have the resources," said Dino.

Thankfully, a local social activist heard about Pallari and tried to help the boy. He snapped some pictures of the teen and posted them of Facebook. He asked for help for the family, and help came in the form of free healthcare offered by doctors in a local hospital.

Pallari was diagnosed with plexiform neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that interferes with normal cell tissue growth. They have determined that they'll be able to remove the tumor through surgery.

"We are constituting a panel of doctors including neurosurgeons and plastic surgeons within couple of days which will decide the further course and date of operation," said Dr. Naushad Sheikh. "Had this case been reported earlier the tumor would not have grown this bigger."

Dino will be going to the hospital for the surgery with his son. He's praying that the operation will be a success. "I pray to God and hope everything goes well. I hope the tumor would be successfully removed so that my son can live a normal life."

In most cases of plexiform neurofibromas, the tumors are benign. They arise from deep under the surface of the skin or within nerve tissue, and without treatment they can grow extremely large. They usually affect the head, neck, arms, legs, chest or abdomen. The tumors usually begin to appear during adolescence or young adulthood.

Occasionally, the tumors can undergo a malignant transformation, especially if ignored. Because of this, doctors are cautious.

If the tumor is benign, however, the patient can usually have it removed and go on to live a perfectly normal life.

Source: Daily Mail
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