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Boy born with a 'tail'

This Muslim boy from Sangli is believed to be a reincarnation of lord Hanuman, reports Sumitra Deb Roy.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 03:00 IST

In straightforward medical terms it is just an abnormal skin growth. But for the residents of Aghipara at Sangli, three-year-old Faizal Khan (name changed) is as an incarnation of Lord Hanuman. Born in a Muslim family, Khan has a tiny 2-inch tail like extension but "above the tail-bone".

However, as the tail is growing along with his age, his family is now, getting it removed surgically. He was admitted at the Paediatric ward of the JJ Hospital on Thursday.

Khan’s grandfather Usman (54) does not want him to be a “laughing stock” in the future. The idea to get it removed was also prompted by the fact that Khan has to join a school from this academic year.

“I do not want him to face any humiliation and be laughed at by his friends because of the tail,” said Khan’s mother Shabana (22). “Though we too think he is God’s incarnation, we have to get rid of it for his future’s sake”.

Khan has also been suffering from another disorder called clubfoot, wherein the foot is turned inward and downward. The foot also grows heavier affecting the normal movement of the child.

Doctors at the JJ Hospital are exploring all possible reasons behind the “abnormal skin extension”. According to Head of pediatrics department Dr Ashok Rathod, “The extension looks like a tail but in all probabilities it is not”.

He added that now the doctors are investigating whether the tail involves the nervous system or the spinal cord as it might endanger his life. “In that case, we have to think of ways of curbing its growth so that it does not look abnormal in the long run,” added Dr Rathod.

Immediately after his birth, when Khan was taken at the civil hospital of Sangli, the doctors there labelled it as an abnormal case. “Our belief was further strengthened that he is not a normal child,” said Shabana adding that even her neighbours made her think that.

Interestingly, she agrees that her neighbours found it is easier to believe in supernatural rather than the logical.

Khan does not have any sensation and does feel any pain if the tail is touched. Dr Rathod added that after the investigations are done, the tail might be operated in a day or two.

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First Published: Jan 12, 2007 00:26 IST