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Mother-of-two’s leg weighs an astonishing 132lbs

A woman’s leg has swelled to enormous proportions in a potentially-deadly condition. 

Rezia Begum’s, 40, right leg weighs around 132lbs (60kg) due to suspected elephantiasis.

The mother-of-two, from Bangladesh, has suffered with the condition ever since the birth of her second daughter 18 years ago.

Although it is unclear how Ms Begum’s condition affects her, she says 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.’

A woman’s leg has swelled to enormous proportions in a potentially-deadly condition

Rezia Begum's, 40, right leg weighs around 132lbs (60kg) (pictured with her husband)

Rezia Begum’s, 40, right leg weighs around 132lbs (60kg) (pictured with her husband)

The mother has suffered with the condition since the birth of her second daughter 18 years ago

The mother has suffered with the condition since the birth of her second daughter 18 years ago

WHAT IS ELEPHANTIASIS?

Elephantiasis is normally caused by a parasite from a mosquito bite and is usually found in tropical areas.

It is characterised by the massive enlargement of an area of the body via obstruction of the lymphatic system.

This results in the accumulation of fluids in the affected part of the body.

According to the World Health Organisation, nearly 1.4billion people in 73 countries worldwide are threatened by the condition, which is also known as lymphatic filariasis.

WHO figures suggest that approximately 80 per cent of these people are living in regions including Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

More than 120million people are currently infected, with about 40 million disfigured and incapacitated by the disease, the organisation adds.

Although she is being cared for at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in Bangladesh, she is yet to begin treatment.  

Surgery and additional tests are required before therapy can start. 

The cause of Ms Begum’s condition is unclear, 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, the condition can be fatal.

Elephantiasis affects around 120 million people globally.

It is characterised by the massive enlargement of an area of the body due to obstruction of the lymphatic system. 

This results in the accumulation of fluids in the affected part of the body. 

Although it is unclear the extent to which Ms Begum’s condition affects her, other sufferers have been left unable to walk or urinate as a result of the disorder.

 

Ms Begum is suffering from suspected elephantiasis but is yet to begin treatment

Ms Begum is suffering from suspected elephantiasis but is yet to begin treatment

Surgery and additional tests are required before treatment for elephantiasis can start

Surgery and additional tests are required before treatment for elephantiasis can start

Although it is unclear how she is affected, she says she is dependent on her family for help 

Although it is unclear how she is affected, she says she is dependent on her family for help 

The cause of her condition is uncertain, however, it has been linked to roundworms before

The cause of her condition is uncertain, however, it has been linked to roundworms before

These enter the body via mosquitoes and obstruct the lymphatic system, causing swelling

These enter the body via mosquitoes and obstruct the lymphatic system, causing swelling

If the swelling spreads from the leg to the abdomen, the condition can be life-threatening

If the swelling spreads from the leg to the abdomen, the condition can be life-threatening

Other sufferers have been left unable to walk or urinate due to the immobilising disorder

Other sufferers have been left unable to walk or urinate due to the immobilising disorder

 

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