The woman with the world’s biggest hands

By Drum Digital
05 September 2014

A woman from Thailand is living with a rare condition that has made her hands grow so big.

 The condition makes everyday tasks painful for Duangjay Samaksamam (59), who spent the first 20 years of her life as a recluse because she was embarrassed about how she looked, the Mirror reported. The rare form of congenital gigantism causes pain and swelling in the limbs as they fill with fat deposits.  Doctors have not been able to make a firm diagnosis. “My hands are so heavy I can barely lift them to comb or shampoo my hair, it’s very difficult. Getting dressed is also very difficult and painful,” said Samaksamam. At age 25, she underwent a series of operations to relieve the swelling, but to date, nothing has worked, according to the Mirror.

  “Some doctors said the only solution was to cut off my hands if I wished to walk around freely. But I don’t want to do that."

Plastic surgeon Dr Eiju Uchinuma said: “This case is very rare. Both her arms are enlarged. Her arms and hands are enormous so they swell badly but it could be worse. My diagnosis is that she is the first and only person in the world who has Macrodystrophia Lipomatosa from shoulders to her fingers on both arms. ‘The cause of the disease is unknown and is therefore incurable.” Samaksamam’s story appears on the new TLC series, “Body Bizarre,” set to air on September 25. Source: the Mirror Pic: Barcroft Media

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