A seven-year-old Pakistani girl is suffering from a rare condition which has caused her leg to balloon to three times the normal size.
Tahira Khan was bitten by a mosquito and has elephantiasis – a parasitic infection that has made her limb painfully swell to weigh a whopping 10 kilograms.
Because of the enormous weight and size of her leg, Tahira, from Nasirabad in the Balochistan province, can’t walk and has been left bedridden for months.
She cannot stand on her own and needs support from her family members in order to go to the toilet or climbing stairs in the house. She has been forced to drop out of school and live like a recluse.
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Her family have been told she urgently needs medical help but they are too poor to fund treatment – her father earns just £3 a day.
Tahira’s 27-year-old brother Rozi Khan, who works as a primary school teacher, said: ‘Until two months ago, she could not only walk but run like normal children despite her swollen leg.