1. Duangjay Samaksamam suffers from a rare and painful condition that has caused her hands and arms to swell to such a size that she now finds the most basic tasks extremely difficult.
2. The 59-year-old’s hands weigh almost a stone and a half each.
According to The Sun, the shopkeeper’s condition is known as macrodystrophia lipomastosa, which causes large amounts of fat to build up in her hands and arms.
Samaksamam, from Surin Province in Thailand, was embarrassed by her condition at first, and, according to Barcroft Media, spent the first 20 years of her life as a recluse and never went to school.
3. However, she eventually went to work to support her parents.
Her condition has attracted considerable attention and she’s undergone numerous surgical procedures, but doctors have so far been unable to help her.
4. Samaksamam is quoted by The Sun as saying: “My hands are so heavy I can barely lift them to comb or shampoo my hair. It’s very difficult. Getting dressed is also very difficult and painful.”
“Some doctors said the only solution was to cut off my hands if I wished to walk around freely. But I don’t want to do that.”