Woman with the ‘biggest hands in the world’ suffering in pain ( Video)
Thursday, 04 September 2014 - 15:07
A Thai woman is thought to have the world’s biggest hands – weighing almost one-and-a-half stone each.
For more than 50 years, shop owner Duangjay Samaksamam, from Surin Province, Thailand, has suffered from an extremely rare and painful affliction that leaves her limbs permanently swollen.
Experts believe the 59-year-old is the only person in the world to suffer the rare condition macrodystrophia lipomastosa from shoulder to fingers on both arms.
It causes vast build-up of fat deposits to be distributed across her arms and hands.
Embarrassed by her condition throughout her childhood, she spent the first 20 years of her life as a recluse ashamed of the way she looked, meaning she never went to school.
But she was forced to come out of hiding at the age of 20 to earn a living in order to care for her elderly parents, and take over running the family grocery shop.
She says, ‘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.’
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