Bahraini girl regains ability to ‘speak and eat’ again after Pune docs perform complex surgery

A six-year-old Bahrain girl was suffering from a rare disease — Macro Glossia. A condition in which genetic mutation results in excessive growth of tissue. Due to which, her tongue grew up in size and shape, and was having difficulty in talking, eating, breathing, or swallowing her saliva. A team of doctors from Pune performed surgery on her, and now, she is leading a regular life

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A six-year-old girl, hailing from Bahrain, was suffering from a rare disease. She was suffering from a rare condition — Macro Glossia. It is a condition, in which genetic mutation results in excessive growth of tissue. Because of which, her tongue grew up in size and shape, and she was having difficulty in talking, eating, or swallowing her saliva.

Her condition was so worse that normal breathing became difficult for her. A team of doctors from Pune performed surgery on her. Her tongue is now back to normal, and she is all hail and hearty.

Dr Dasmit Singh, a pediatric surgeon from Jehangir Hospital Pune, said, “Her tongue was abnormally large in size and shape. It was almost double the size compared to other girls of her age. She was unable to talk, eat, or even swallow her saliva, and breathing was difficult for her. There was excessive growth of normal tissue. By performing surgical excision, we took out the extra part.”

“She had already undergone a surgery thrice. However, they weren’t successful. There was a risk in the surgery. In July, she was discharged and is doing fine. Now, she can eat, breath, and talk without trouble,” added Dr Singh.

Dr Minakshi Nalbale, a pediatric surgeon from Sassoon General Hospital, said, “Such kind of surgery needs a skilfull hand. Also, an expert should carefully differentiate between normal tissues and abnormal tissues while doing an excision. During surgery, only abnormal tissues should be surgically removed.”