A woman’s leg has swollen to enormous proportions due to a parasitic condition which could be deadly.
Rezia Begum’s right leg weighs around 132lbs (60kg) due to suspected elephantiasis. The 40 year old mother-of-two, from Bangladesh, has suffered from the condition ever since the birth of her second daughter 18 years ago. As a result, she is now dependent on the support of her relatives.
Ms Begum said: “I was like any other normal woman but now I’m a burden on my poor family.”
She is being cared for at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh but treatment is yet to begin. Surgery and additional tests are required before therapy can start. It is still unclear what caused her condition, however, previous reports of other cases revealed the disorder can be caused by roundworms entering the body via mosquitoes. If the swelling spreads from the legs to the abdomen, it could kill her.