By Bilal Kuchay
A Pakistani man with facial tumour that covers half his face awaits for a life changing surgery.
Ghulam Hyder, 32, from Nawabshah in Pakistan’s Sindh province, suffers from neurofibromatosis – a genetic condition that causes tumours to grow along the patient’s nerves.
The growth, while benign, is so severe that it eclipse the entire right hand side of his face including his eye.
Hyder said: “I can’t see with my right eye because the mass has grown this huge and covers half of my face.
“I also face great difficulty in eating and drinking and in speaking as well.”
Though born as a normal baby, the tumour on Hyder’s face started growing at the age of two.
His parents, whom he lost at a very young age, couldn’t take him to any bigger hospital due to financial constraints.
At the age of mere 8, Hyder was forced to quit school as other students complained they were scared of him.
“I was forced to quit my studies even before I could complete my primary education as other students were scared of me.
“For years, I remained confined to my home and hardly used to go out as neighbours used to look at me differently.”
After his parent’s death, Hyder and his younger brother Muhammad Ali, 28, started living with their grandfather, Ghulam Ali, who also died three years ago.
Ali said: “Our grandfather’s last wish was to see Hyder getting married.
“He sent Hyder’s marriage proposal to over a dozen girls and some widows as well but no one accepted to marry him.
“After so many rejections he finally decided to stop searching bride for him.”
Struggling to make ends meet, Hyder after his grandfather’s death started begging on the streets but his cousin and younger brother supported him and forced him to give up begging.
Earlier this month, one of the Hyder’s neighbours named Shabbir Hussain took his photographs and put them on social media, seeking help for his treatment.
A social worker, Syed Hussain Shah, from Hyderabad saw the pictures and was moved by Hyder’s condition.
Shah said: “I showed the pictures to several doctors who told me that the tumour can be removed through a surgery.”
But for surgery, Hyder had to travel to Karachi, 160 miles from his hometown.
Shah arranged train tickets for him and his brother and also accompanied them to surgeon, Dr Syed Abdul Ihsan, private clinic as well.
“The doctor told us that the treatment will cost £3,000.
“We have arranged over £300 in two days which are enough for his initial tests.
“I’m hopeful that we can gather the required funds for the surgery.”
Dr Syed Abdul Ihsan is hopeful that after surgery the poor man could live a normal life.
He said: “The patient is suffering from Neurofibromatosis. We will see the depth of the tumour once we receive the MRI and X-Ray reports and then treatment can be planned.
“His treatment is possible and I am hopeful that he can live a normal life after surgery.”
WHAT IS NEUROFIBROMATOSIS?
Neurofibromatosis is the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps.
Although many people who have the condition inherit it from one of their parents, up to 50 per cent develop it randomly from a gene mutation before they are born.
Despite their alarming appearance, the growths and swellings – called neurofibromas and caused by a growth of cells – are not cancerous or contagious.