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Teen Boy In India Can't Even Stand Up As Infected Leg Swells To 53 Pounds

A teen boy in India is suffering from a leg infection so severe that he cannot even stand up anymore. According to his family, 18-year-old Tulsi Adivasi first showed symptoms of a swollen leg at the age of 11.

Unfortunately, the boy has only received treatment from local medical practitioners with limited skills.

These days, Tulsi has to sit in just one position all the time because any moving at all leads to excruciating pain. The boy noted in a recent interview with the media that he is depressed because he depends so much on his mom and feels like a burden on his family.

His mom brings home less than $20 a month from working long hours in agricultural labor, but Tulsi is sad because he can’t even do much to help his mom raise his younger siblings.

Tulsi describes his current condition: “I cannot take the weight of this leg anymore. This is so heavy that I cannot even lift my leg and have to walk using crutches. The whole village sympathizes with me; young children laugh at me and are afraid of my leg.”

Although he has not been diagnosed by a medical doctor, Tulsi's symptoms certainly appear to be elephantiasis given the major swelling in his legs, breasts and genitals. Elephantiasis is caused by parasites transmitted to humans via mosquitoes.

Tulsi’s mom Guddi explained she did not have the money to pay for medical doctors so instead went to local healers who had no effective treatment for the boy’s condition.

Guddi noted: “My husband had died ten years ago. Ever since I have been working day and night to make ends meet. I have to feed my four children. There are days when we have nothing to eat at all. We are living in forests where there is no transportation for commuting and no doctor dares to come here because of irregular terrain.”

She continued: “His treatment meant I had to take him to town but I had no money for transport or to give doctor for fees and medicines."

The local healers managed to ameliorate the symptoms for the first few years, but Tulsi's condition is clearly growing worse over time. The swollen lump that started on his leg is now covering his foot and you can’t even see his toes.

However, the stubbornly optimistic Tulsi is not giving up: “I do not know what the disease is but I hope that there is some treatment available. Because of the weight of the leg, I can do nothing and work is just a dream. I have to depend on my mother and I feel like a burden on her."

He went on: “She is old and ailing but has to work day in and day out to feed us. But if I can get a treatment and get legs back I can also start working and help my mother and raising my brothers and sister.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Rareshot via Daily Mail

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