By Nathalie Bonney @nathaliebonney
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Videographer / director: Rehman Asad
Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ellie Winstanley
Editor: Jack Stevens
Just like any typical four-year-old, Bayzid Sikder loves playing football, eating his mum’s dinners and enjoying cuddles with his grandad. But his sagging skin and wrinkles make Bayzid, from Magura, Bangladesh, look more like an elderly man than a young boy who is yet to go to school.
Medical experts have been left stumped by his condition and despite Bayzid’s family taking him to numerous hospitals across Bangladesh, doctors have tried and failed to come up with either a diagnosis or treatment.
"We have consulted many doctors", said Bayzid’s father Lavlu Hossain Sikder.
He added: "When Bayzid was born we were in Magura Sadar hospital for three days, then we went to a different hospital in Faridpur but even there the doctors were not able to identify the root cause of Bayzid’s illness so we came back home disappointed."
Mum Tripty Begum added: "He went through different types of medication, however it didn’t help him.
"The doctors were quite surprised with his situation and not able to give us an appropriate reason for his condition."
Dr Debashish Biswas, a consultant at Magura hospital, believes Bayzid can eventually make a full recovery but admits the potentially expensive medication could hold up treatment.
He said: "He can recover completely but I can’t give an estimation of the total cost of the treatment."
In the meantime, Bayzid’s illness is still undiagnosed and the four year old has suffered numerous health complications right from his birth.
Tripty said: "My son was born skinny and weak and had plenty of physical issues.
"We were quite worried about his health because in comparison to other kids he was weak.
"Bayzid’s health is not in a stable condition these days - at times he falls sick.
"His liver and kidneys don’t function well and because of this he has issues urinating – at times he doesn’t go for days.”
The infant is too young to notice his difference in appearance, but locals and passers-by frequently stop to stare at Bayzid and while some know and love him, others are less kind.
Lavlu said: "Initially when people used to see him they got scared because of his looks"
Tripty added: "When me or my husband take Bayzid to a local market, or anywhere where there are people, they will stare at Bayzid in amusement or surprise. At times people make fun of his looks but others also share their sympathy and even offer to buy food and toys."
"Most of the time people outcast Bayzid as if he’s not a part of the society but he doesn’t know that people treat him like an outsider."
Not old enough to go to school yet, Bayzid fills his days playing with the neighbours’ children, going to the market with one of his parents or hanging out with his grandfather Mohammed Hassan Ali Sikder, who with his wife, lives in the family home.
He said: "Bayzid always asks me to play football or other games with him and he asks me to take him to the local market.
"At times he asks me to buy bananas or different foods and being his grandfather I always try to make him happy."
Mother Tripty gave birth to Bayzid when she was just 14 years old. Welcoming her first child into the world should have been a joyful time but Tripty admits feeling depressed about Bayzid’s unusual appearance and poor health.
She said: "At first I even wanted to abandon Bayzid but then I realised that he’s a human and deserves a normal life just like any other kid."
Now Tripty, together with the rest of the family, is determined to find a cure for her son.
Tripty said: "I believe that my son’s medication is possible and I will try all my options to get him cured
"Though Bayazid looks different from others he is still a part of society and deserves to be in it like every one else."