A man’s left leg has swollen to the size of a small pig because of infected mosquito bites from more than two decades ago.
Bong Thet, 27, has to drag the painful limb along the ground when he shuffles around the family home in Cambodia.
Good Samaritans offered to pay for his treatment – but doctors discovered he has incurable Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease caused by thread-like worms.
He once dreamed of being a footballer but has not been able to kick a ball properly since the illness started when he was six-years-old.
He said the tumour developed from small wounds on his foot.
His parents ignored them because they thought the scratches were from playing outside near his home in Kampong Chhnang province.
But small lumps grew around his foot and completely covered his leg by the time he reached 12-years-old.
His parents, who were factory workers, couldn’t afford the medical treatment in the poverty-stricken country so his condition worsened through the years.
He had to stop going to school because it was difficult for him to walk long distances.
Even when he did, the other children constantly teased him about his leg.
The sick man endured his illness for more than two decade without seeing specialists, until good Samaritans heard of his plight and offered to pay for his treatment earlier this month.
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Businesswoman Dana Try donated 10,000,000 Cambodia Riel – around £2,000.
The cash paid for his medical expenses and he was able to visit a hospital for the first time.
After conducting a blood check up, the doctors found that he has Lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease caused by thread-like worms.
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They said he might have contracted the parasites through mosquito bites which he scratched and bled when he was young, causing the wounds.
Although it is one of the leading causes of disability in the world there is no known vaccine or cure for the disease yet.
Bong was disheartened when he learned that the disease was incurable, but he was still grateful to people who donated.
He said: "This will make my life easier and knowing that there are people who care for me makes me feel happy.
”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."
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