Boy with ‘old man’ illness baffles doctors
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.” –
Four-year-old Bayezid Shikdar’s illness causes him to take on the appearance of older age.