Photos: Man’s Leg Swells Five Times Its Normal Size From Infected Mosquito Bites

by Matthew Wilson
Photo credit: LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images

Mosquito bites caused a Cambodian man’s leg to swell five times its normal size. An untreatable parasitic disease is the source of the swelling.

For almost two decades, 27-year-old Bong Thet suffered from the affliction. To travel around his home in Kampong Chhnang province, Thet dragged his leg across the ground in a shuffle.

Thet once dreamed of playing soccer, but he hasn’t been able to kick a soccer ball since he was 6-years-old. The illness started then as small lump on his foot. The tumor developed from mosquito bites on Thet’s foot. By the time he was 12-years-old, the lump had completely covered his leg.

His parents worked in a nearby factory but made little money. As a result, they could not afford Thet’s medical treatment for his leg. Because of his illness, Thet subsequently stopped going to school. The school building was a long distance from Thet’s home. The other children also teased him and made fun of his leg.

Mosquito bites caused the parasitic disease.

After two decades, a good samaritan heard of Thet’s condition and paid for his treatment. Businesswoman Dana Try paid over $2,000 so Thet could go to the hospital about his condition.

After a blood test, doctors discover Thet had Lymphatic filariasis. Thread-like worms cause the parasitic disease. Mosquito bites can also spread the disease.

According to Daily Mail, the disease is one of the leading causes of disability in the world, but there is no known vaccine or cure for the disease yet. Doctors prescribed Thet medicine to help with symptoms of the disease.

“This will make my life easier and knowing that there are people who care for me makes me feel happy,” Thet said. “I am so grateful for them to helping. The money will pay for medicine and food. I will continue to take the medication given to me by the doctors which will make my life more comfortable.”

[H/T: Daily Mail]