A RARE genetic condition has caused a man’s arm to swell to 20kg (44lbs) - more than the double its normal size

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Babble Pashi's huge arm weighs 44lbs, as he suffers from gigantism

Bablu Pashi, 25, from Allahabad in India, suffers from gigantism, a disease that causes excessive growth of body tissue.

His right arm is so large that it causes him pain when washing and means he can only walk for 10 minutes without taking a break.

Unfortunately he is unable to get a job, and has resorted to living on the streets

“I’ve been this way since I was born. As I got older my hand kept growing and growing,” Bablu said. “The weight of my arm is 20 kilos and while washing it up it starts to hurt.

"I am not able to walk. I walk for 10 minutes and then for 10 minutes I have to rest. These are the difficulties I face.”

As a young man Bablu faced severe abuse in his home town and was cruelly dubbed a “devil child” by his neighbours.

Doctor R.L. Gangrade says that Bablu should get government disability support

He moved to Mumbai to seek proper treatment, but has struggled to find work in the city and continues to face prejudice on a daily basis.

He said: "I came to Mumbai so that I can work here and earn for myself. I also want a proper treatment so that I can look for a job.”

He has suffered a difficult life, being both verbally and physically abused because of his disability

But his condition has made it extremely difficult for him to find a paid position, with potential employers frightened of his abnormally large limb.

Bablu said: “No one wants to help me in this city. If I go to some shop for work, they beat me and ask me to leave. They don’t even let me in.

"I don’t even have the money to buy food for myself - I don’t have anybody to help me.”

Bablu said: "I came to Mumbai so that I can work here and earn for myself. I also want a proper treatment so that I can look for a job"

And his arm has also prevented him from finding a wife or fulfilling his dream of having children.

He said: "Women notice me but they turn a blind eye or walk far away from me. Why would they even talk to me? They see my condition and they prefer to stay away.

“If my arm was normal, I would have been living with my family. I would have my own family and kids. I would have married like others do.”

Bablu moved to Mumbai to seek help for his problem, but is yet to find happiness

Doctor R.L. Gangrade, who had a consultation with Bablu, said: “It’s a genetic disorder. Right now it’s developed. He needs a plastic surgeon who will take care of his condition.

“Staying in hospital for so long under observation and reconstructing the arm is a very lengthy process.

"I would like to say that he should get some government help for his big arm. He should get a handicap certificate.

Bablu would like his own wife and children one day
Once his arm has been treated, Bablu plans to travel back home and begin his new life

“It is going to be really difficult if you will ask him to survive with only one arm.

However, the cost of the surgery could be as much as £15,000 - far beyond Bablu’s scope, as he is currently forced to live on the streets as a beggar.

Bablu wants to go home once his arm becomes normal so that he can live a life like others.

Bablu is segregated from the community because he looks different to others

“By any chance if I will get a treatment, I will go back to my home. I will earn a good living and eat. I will build a home with my own efforts and I’ll live happily,” he said.

"Once my hand is operated upon than I will earn from my hard work, not from begging. I will pour my sweat, blood and tears into my work."