Boy with ‘old man’ ill­ness baf­fles doc­tors

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD Bangladeshi boy suf­fer­ing from a mys­te­ri­ous ill­ness that makes him look like an old man has been ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal for tests, doc­tors and his fam­ily said.

Doc­tors at a top hospi­tal here have agreed to try to di­ag­nose and treat Bayezid Shik­dar, who comes from a poor farm­ing fam­ily, for free af­ter learn­ing of his plight on the week­end.

Born with ex­cess skin that hangs from his limbs and face caus­ing it to sag, Bayezid also suf­fers from re­lated heart, vi­sion and hear­ing prob­lems.

His fa­ther, Lablu Shik­dar, said nu­mer­ous doc­tors have been at a loss to ex­plain his con­di­tion.

“We sold our land to treat him at lo­cal hos­pi­tals. We took him to re­li­gious heal­ers and herbal doc­tors, but his con­di­tion did not change. This hospi­tal is our last hope,” Mr Shik­dar said yes­ter­day.

“We hope they’ll make him look like any other nor­mal child.”

Doc­tors ini­tially sus­pected he suf­fered from proge­ria which causes rapid and pre­ma­ture age­ing shortly af­ter birth, lead­ing to se­vere health com­pli­ca­tions.

But doc­tors at the hospi­tal here ex­pressed cau­tion.

“In proge­ria, the ag­ing process ac­cel­er­ates with time,” said Abul Kalam, head of the hospi­tal’s burns and plas­tic surgery unit, on Aug 8.

“But Bayezid’s par­ents have said the ag­ing of their boy has been halted re­cently. He has shown signs of im­prove­ment.” –

Photo: AFP

Four-year-old Bayezid Shik­dar’s ill­ness causes him to take on the ap­pear­ance of older age.

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