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The teenager with the 7 inch TAIL: 18-year-old finally has the growth removed after it became painful for him to sit or sleep

20:10, Thursday, 06 October, 2016
The teenager with the 7 inch TAIL: 18-year-old finally has the growth removed after it became painful for him to sit or sleep

A teenager has finally had his seven inch tail removed by surgeons after hiding the defect all his life.
     The 18-year-old, from Nagpur, India, went to hospital complaining the growth had become painful.
     Doctors explained it was a vestigial tail that developed while he was in the womb - but should have disappeared naturally over time.
     A neuro-development abnormality had meant it continued to grow while his spine was forming - despite the body usually absorbing the tail to form the back.
     His family ignored the defect when he was born to prevent any social stigma from people who would consider him to be strange.
     But when it became problematic and affected his day-to-day life he was taken to hospital to have it looked at.
     A team of six doctors successfully removed the abnormal growth in an hour-long operation earlier this week.
     Dr Pramod Giri, who operated on him, said: ‘This is an extremely rare case and we have not seen such an abnormality here before.
     'He was admitted only after he complained of extreme pain in his lower back, problems while sleeping and sitting.

'The boy was also suffering from an extreme psychological issue because the tail was growing so he had to always adjust the tail in his clothes when sitting.’
     He added: ‘The family were always aware but they ignored it and did not see a doctor as they were superstitious and considered it to be a good luck charm for the boy.

'They hid his condition all these years worrying about the social stigma and also because it was not creating any health issue for him until now.
     ‘He is very happy. He is now very comfortable while sleeping and sitting. He says he feels more confident about himself now.'

After six weeks of pregnancy, every growing baby possesses a vestigial tail - but it normally disappears during development as it grows to become the spine and nervous system.
     However, sometimes children are born with one as a result of it continuing to grow - but there have only been 23 cases reported worldwide.
     They contain adipose and connective tissue, blood vessels, nerves and are covered by skin.
     Doctors say they are harmless and can be easily removed because they lack bone, cartilage and spinal cord.
     But the abnormality can affect the bladder and reduce bowel control. It has also been known to result in extreme pain and a loss of function in the lower body.
     The surgery to remove the growth was not complex but because it involves part of the spinal cord they had to be cautious, doctors said.
     However, because there was no bone or muscular tissue in his tail, removing it was not difficult.
     It is hoped the boy will be discharged from hospital later this week.

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