Friday, 5 September 2014

Meet the Woman with the World's Biggest Hands

59-year-old Duangjay Samaksamam from Thailand is said to be the woman with the biggest hands ever! Having suffered from a rare medical condition "macrodystrophia lipomastosa" which leaves her limbs permanently swollen, she was deprived of a western education because she was ashamed of her condition and lived the first 20 years of her life as a recluse. Duangjay is also said to be the only in this world to experience the rare condition from shoulder to fingers on both hands. According to plastic surgeon; Dr Eiju Uchinuma:
"This case is very rare. Both her arms are enlarged. Her arms and hands are enormous so they swell badly but it could be worse. My diagnosis is that she is the first and only person in the world who has Macrodystrophia Lipomatosa from shoulders to her fingers on both arms."

"The cause of the disease is unknown and is therefore incurable."

Duangjay who decided to live the rest of her life indoor as a result of the embarrassment she faced was forced to come out of hiding at the age of 20 to earn a living in order to care for her elderly parents, and take over running the family grocery shop. She said;

" My hands are so heavy I can barely lift them to comb or shampoo my hair, it's very difficult.     Getting dressed is also very difficult and painful.
"Some doctors said the only solution was to cut off my hands if I wished to walk around freely. But I don't want to do that.'They removed about 700 grams of fat and blood out of my hands but after a month it just grew back"
More photos after the cut...

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