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Bangladeshi boy turning into stone makes a miraculous recovery

  • Published at 12:29 pm April 27th, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:18 pm April 27th, 2017
Bangladeshi boy turning into stone makes a miraculous recovery
A Bangladeshi boy Mehdi Hassan, 8, who was suffering from an apparently incurable skin disease and was gradually turning into a stone, has been making a miraculous recovery. The rare skin condition left his whole body covered in thick layers of dry itchy skin which made it extremely difficult for him to walk or even touch anything. The skin buildup caused him extreme pain, reports the Daily Mail. The locals reported that Mehdi was shunned by the villagers and left as a recluse due to his diseases. Mehdi’s tear-jerking story got the attention of the international media earlier this year. Consequently, a local charity “Help to Save Lives”, came forward to sponsor the boy’s treatment and supported his family. After Mehdi’s pain became unbearable he was admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in February 19 and was served with top medical facilities with the funding from the charity. Just after a month of proper medication Mehdi’s condition has improved so much that he is able to eat using his hands and even play with his toys. Besides, his appearance is also improving.   [caption id="attachment_60236" align="aligncenter" width="690"]boy2 Mehdi's condition has receded within a month of proper treatment. DAILY MAIL[/caption] His mother, Jahanara Begum, said: “After the news broke, some people from a charity approached us for his treatment and got my son admitted to the hospital. “It has been possible because of people's support. They are paying for his treatment. It feels wonderful to see him without those rashes and blisters.” Mehdi was diagnosed with a rare skin disorder called Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis which causes severe blisters due to clumping of keratin filaments in the skin. Dr Rashid Ahmed, head of the skin department at the Dhaka Medical College said: “The treatment is long-term and will continue for at least four years. The doctor said Mehdi is being treated with regular application of moisturisers and vitamin supplement intake. “We are content with the improvement so far and hoping to cure him completely one day,” he added. Mehdi’s mother Jahanara is hoping that Medhi’s improved appearance will help him achieve acceptance in the community. And Medhi will be able to attend school with other children in the village. “Children used to detest him. People found him filthy and abominate him because of his condition,” Jahanara said. “Whenever he went out, villagers got scared and said bad things to him,” Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis has affected around 200,000 to 300,000 people around the world.