Sep 11, 2007

Man with Biggest Hand

This picture shows "the Man with the Biggest Hand in the World". He is Liu Hua from Jiangsu Province, China. Liu Hua was born with a left thumb, index and middle finger much larger than normal. With time, these three fingers and arm grew rapidly. Last month, his left thumb measured 26 centimeters, his index finger was 30cm and his middle finger 15cm. The overall weight of his left arm was about 10 kilograms.

This abnormal growth was due to a rare disease called 'Macrodactyly', a birth defect in which toes or fingers are abnormally large. The cause of the disease is unknown but bone and soft tissue grows at an extraordinary rate. Now, he is hopeful of living a normal life, after after undergoing radical plastic surgery at Shanghai No. 9 People's Hospital.

"It was the biggest hand in the world," said Chen Zuliang, a hospital official. "Liu's fingers stopped growing in recent years so plastic surgery was at last possible to correct the malformation." Link


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