A mysterious condition has caused a boy's hands to grow 12 inches long.
Tarik, 12, from Uttar Pradesh, India, has had big hands since birth, which, although not diagnosed, some doctors speculate it may be Elephant Foot disease.
He is called the 'devil' by local villagers who believe his large hands to be the result of a curse.
As well as enduring cruel jibes from neighbours and old friends, Tarik, who works on a tea stall, has even been refused admission to school as they worry his hands will scare other students.
Since Tarik's father's death, the family have been unable to afford visits to doctors to inquire about treatment. Yet, Tarik is still optimistic he will one day be cured.
He said: 'I want to get rid of this condition. I want to become like other kids who go to school every day and play like normal kids. I see a hope that I will get normal hands.'
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A mysterious condition has caused a boy's, 12, hands to grow 12 inches in length
Tarik has had big hands since birth, which doctors speculate may be Elephant Foot disease
He is called the 'devil' by local villagers who believe his large hands are the result of a curse
Elephant foot disease, also known as elephantitis, is characterised by abnormal swelling of tissues.
It is most commonly caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes.
The legs and genitals are usually affected, which become thick and saggy.
Excessive fluid collection causes skin to become darkened and ulcerated.
In severe cases, blood vessels can be damaged, which could be fatal.
Treatment is antibiotics to cure the parasite infection.
Surgery is performed if the swellings are abnormally large.
Source: Disease Pictures
'People think this condition is a curse'
Tarik said: 'I had few friends in the beginning but now I don't have any. People are scared of my hands. I wanted to study but school refused my admission.'
He has even been labelled the 'devil' by villagers who believe his large hands to be the result of a curse.
Tarik said: 'People think having this condition is a result of some curse. They don't know it's a medical condition and it can be cured.
'It's just we don't have money for the treatment, [but that] doesn't mean it can't be cured.'
Tarik's brother Hargyan, who cares for