India’s elephant man with nine pound facial tumour lives as recluse, avoids mirrors

Published: March 21, 2014

Chana Lal, 35, lives as a recluse in India with a nine pound facial tumour. Daily Mail screengrab.

VANCOUVER DESI

A 35-year-old Indian man lives in constant pain and as a recluse because of an inoperable nine pound facial tumour that looks more like a ‘trunk,’ according to Britain’s Daily Mail.

Chana Lal of Uttar Pradesh suffers from a severe form of neurofibromatosis. His condition first started out as a small facial deformity, but has since grown into a nine pound tumour that stretches from his face down to his chest.

The tumour is so large that Lal cannot eat or speak properly and has lost eyesight in his left eye and hearing in his left ear, the Daily Mail reported.

Lal attempted surgery ten years ago, but nearly bled to death on the operating table. Doctors have since advised him against surgery if he wants to live.

Lal lives  in a remote village just outside of Lucknow, where two nieces help take care of him. He avoids mirrors and lives alone, according to the Daily Mail.

“I have an ugly face; I don’t even like looking at myself in the mirror so I don’t expect anyone else to look at me either,” Lal said.”I would love to have surgery but I have lost all hope. I almost died last time I had surgery so I doubt anything can be done to this face.”

According to the Daily Mail, Lal was born with a small blemish on his face, but his parents were too poor to take him to a doctor.


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