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Man suffering from Local Gigantism dubbed as ‘Devil’ by his Own Family

Gigantism is usually caused by the excessive secretion of the human growth hormone or somatotropin

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  • Bablu was forced to leave his hometown because neighbors could not understand his biological condition
  • He migrated to Mumbai in search for jobs, but did not find much hope in the city either
  • He suffers from Gigantism, a condition when certain parts, or the whole body, grows abnormally due to excessive production of growth hormone

MUMBAI: Bablu has been shooed away from his hometown because his neighbors failed to understand the unusual biological condition he suffers from. Bablu suffers from an extreme case of local gigantism and has a massive 20 kg right arm. Even his own family thought of him as a ‘devil’, and left no choice with him but to leave home. Bablu has now traveled to Mumbai in search of a better lifestyle.

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Bablu finds it hard to perform the simplest of tasks. Image Courtesy: News Flare

But people have not been as welcoming in Mumbai either. Bablu thought he would blend easily in this densely populated city and maybe think of making a living, but everyone seems scared of his arm. He has to suffer a lot of hardships and stigmas through no fault of his own, said the dailymail.com report.

Gigantism is caused by the excessive secretion of the human growth hormone, or somatotropin, in childhood during growth spurts, resulting in heights of 7 feet to 9 feet in height. The pituitary gland, which is responsible for producing somatotropin, produces an extra amount of the hormone due to the presence of benign tumor, which in turn causes enlargement of certain parts or the overall body. This can be marked by an enlarged tongue or big limbs, said the nhs.uk website.

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People suffering from gigantism often suffer from skeletal as well as circulatory anomalies. Statistically speaking, these people also often die early. Even with these risks, sportsmen consume artificial growth hormone to improve performance in their filed of work. This artificial hormone is banned by authorities.

-prepared by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96

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  • AJ Krish

    It is really sad that Bablu has been shooed away from his hometown and treated differently because of his condition. People need to be more understanding and help him out rather than isolating him.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Avoiding or shooing away people with such disorders is not the way. These people need care, attention and they like to be treated just like the normal people.

  • Aparna Gupta

    We are living in 21st century and how can even think of devil now days? It’s all because of lack of education.

  • devika todi

    people need to be more sensitive to such issues. lack of education is a major reason. i can’t even say that this is just the thinking and the condition in the villages. Bablu faced a similar criticism in a modern city like Mumbai. i guess we see different as bad in our society.

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  • AJ Krish

    It is really sad that Bablu has been shooed away from his hometown and treated differently because of his condition. People need to be more understanding and help him out rather than isolating him.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Avoiding or shooing away people with such disorders is not the way. These people need care, attention and they like to be treated just like the normal people.

  • Aparna Gupta

    We are living in 21st century and how can even think of devil now days? It’s all because of lack of education.

  • devika todi

    people need to be more sensitive to such issues. lack of education is a major reason. i can’t even say that this is just the thinking and the condition in the villages. Bablu faced a similar criticism in a modern city like Mumbai. i guess we see different as bad in our society.

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The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach.
The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach. (IANS)

Expanding its footprint in India, US-based molecular diagnostics company Cepheid Inc on Thursday announced its plans to establish a manufacturing unit in the country to improve Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics.

Cepheid’s GeneXpert MTB/RIF test is a closed-cartridge-based system that is easy to operate by minimally trained staff and gives results in approximately two hours, speeding the conventional backlog that used to exist in traditional diagnostic methods.

The new manufacturing unit would produce MTB/RIF test cartridges, contribute to the government’s “Make in India” initiative and thus bringing the company’s global expertise in TB diagnostics to India, the company said in a statement.

As part of the plan, Cepheid also unveiled its latest portable, easy-to-use TB-testing system — the GeneXpert Edge — which is expected to be available in India later this year, the company said.

The GeneXpert Edge is developed specifically for near-patient testing, to help support a one visit test-and-treat approach.

“Cepheid recognises the need for technological advancement and is committed to contributing significantly to India’s goal of TB eradication,” said Peter Farrell, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Operations, Cepheid.

Cepheid's Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB)
Cepheid’s Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB).

“We are hopeful that GeneXpert Edge will help eliminate delays in TB diagnostics by providing definitive results within hours and facilitating fast and easy last-mile delivery even in the remote villages of India,” he added.

India has nearly one-fourth of the global TB patients and an estimated 4.8 lakh lives are lost every year due to delayed diagnosis and inadequate treatment and there are above 2.5 million new cases of TB every year. The country aims to eradicate TB by 2025.

Approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010, more than 1,200 Cepheid’s GeneXpert Systems have been installed in the last two years at various Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) sites in the country and more than 2.5 million cartridges were supplied last year at various centres of Central TB Division (CTD).

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Cepheid’s Xpert MTB/RIF test has the potential to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis(MTB) and rifampicin-resistance mutations, which are markers for MDR-TB strains in under two hours.

Rifampicin is a drug commonly used in treating TB bacteria in first line of treatment.

Xpert MTB/RIF tests also have excellent negative predictive value, which allows clinicians to manage TB-negative patients more effectively to prevent unnecessary and costly respiratory isolations. (IANS)