It got out of control.
A Cambodian man had a five times normal leg more than 20 years ago after suffering infected mosquito bites.
The condition nearly prevented 27-year-old man Bong Thet from walking and forced him to drag the swollen limb across the floor of his home in Kampong Chhnang province, Viral Press reported.
The debilitating disease reportedly started after growth emerged from scratches on Bong’s foot when he was 6 years old. His parents ignored the signs, thinking he got the cuts from playing outside.
When Bong was 12 years old, the lumps had completely enveloped his foot. Unfortunately, the parents of the boy’s factory workers could not afford treatment, which resulted in the condition becoming so severe that he had to drop out of school because walking became almost impossible.
On the rare occasion Bong went, his classmates teased him about his swollen limb.
He also couldn’t kick a ball properly because his leg was in a condition that shattered his lifelong dream of becoming a professional soccer player.
Bong Thet’s leg swelled to five times its normal size after contracting mosquito bites two decades ago.ViralPress
The unhappy soul suffered without treatment for more than two decades before news of his illness reached some good Samaritans. A good-hearted couple spent about $ 2,500 on Bong’s first visit to the hospital earlier this month.
Doctors diagnosed him with lymphatic filariasis, a rare parasitic disease caused by microscopic worms that enter the body through mosquito bites. They suspect that he contracted the worms from mosquito bites that he scratched at a young age.
Unfortunately, elephantiasis – the hardening and thickening of the skin that is a side effect of lymphatic filariasis, one of the world’s leading causes of disability – is incurable, despite the fact that Bong has been prescribed medication to help him better manage his condition.
For one thing, Bong remains grateful to his benefactors for their selfless act. “This will make my life easier and knowing that there are people who will take care of me makes me happy,” he said.
Despite the fact that there is currently no vaccine for lymphatic filariasis, doctors in the past have been able to relieve complications through surgery. In 2018, a bedridden Indian patient took his first steps after surgeons removed a 30-pound growth from his leg.
In the eighth season of the Discovery series “River Monsters,” a miraculous procedure was introduced in which doctors drained a Brazilian man’s leg like an orange until it shrank to pre-disease dimensions.
The debilitating disease reportedly started after growth emerged from scratches on Bong’s foot when he was 6 years old.ViralPress