An 18 year old Indian teenager whom since his childhood had a 7-inch tail growing on his buttock. The very rare condition have cause the young boy severe back pains and aches over the years.
In his village he is even worshipped as a monkey god because of the condition. Neurosurgeons successfully cut off the seven inch growth – the longest ‘human tail’ ever recorded. The boy whose name is been withdrawn was admitted to the government Super Specialty Hospital, in Nagpur, India.
Dr Pramod Giri who is the head of the neurosurgery department, said: The boy was born with this congenital deformity. His family knew about this unusual growth, they did not see a doctor due to the social stigma and superstition beliefs. People thought he was an incarnation of Monkey God Hanuman, so don’t see it as a disease. He noticed that it was a deformity as he got older.
Normally the fault is noticed from the moment he is born and since it grows with age it cannot remain undetected.But they concealed it for many years.
The defect can be surgically corrected within few months of birth…, the growth should have been removed when he was five years. But thanks to he doctors the deformity was finally removed and he will be discharged later this week. The young teen is really happy after the surgery.
He said: I feel liberated now as I am not a Monkey God anymore. Now, there won’t be any queue of superstitious people in front of my house. I hated being called or likened with the Gods anyway.” Six cases of similar case have been reported in India According to the Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons.