After keeping his 7-inch “tail” a secret for his entire life, a teenage boy from India has finally had it removed by neurosurgeons at the Super Specialty Hospital in Nagpur.
At first the tail did not affect the boy’s health in any way, however, after it became painful for him, his parents brought him to the hospital to have it removed.
According to the head of the neurosurgery department at the hospital, Dr Pramod Giri said although the family knew about this growth, they did not see a doctor due to the “social stigma and superstition attached to it.” In India it is believed that babies born with tails are “reincarnations of the Monkey God, Hanuman.”
“When the size of the tail grew and a bone developed inside it, the tail began to press on the boy’s back. It was cosmetically and psychologically disturbing for him. Hence the parents approached us,” said Dr. Pramod Giri.
According to The Indian Express, the surgery was necessary since the tail could have caused complications for the boy in the future:
“Though the surgery is not very demanding, it is done by a neurosurgeon as it involves a part of the spinal cord. It arises from a compression at the tail end of the back and is medically referred as the neuro-development abnormality. This case is very rare and calls for a presentation in a medical journal as the tail is apparently the longest recorded so far,” Dr Giri claimed.
Human tail generally manifests into problems related to bladder functioning — like lack of control of bowel.
It can also result in pain and loss of function in lower limbs or legs.
Dr Giri was assisted by two doctors from the neurosurgery department — Dr Divik Mittal and Dr Vivek Agrawal and anesthetists — Dr Lulu Fatema Vali, Dr Abhay Ganar and Dr Vaibhav Chouhan.
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