A nine-year-old boy from a rural village in Pakistan has a bloated stomach the size of a beach ball because of a rare condition that blocks bowel movement.
Shah Gul Mazari has Hirschsprung’s disease, which causes the buildup of excrement in his bowels due to a deficiency of the nerves that control bowel movement. If Shah does not get surgery soon, chances are that he will pass away from his condition, which affects just one in 5,000 children.
Shah’s parents, father Niaz Mazari and mother, Mian Zohran, said in an interview that he was born normal but started showing the symptoms when he turned one year old. They said they are poor and unable to afford surgery for their son. He had one but it was unsuccessful.
Fortunately, a good samaritan has come forward to help young Shah. Fida Hussain Mastoi said he will cover all of Shah’s medical expenses at a hospital in Karachi.
What is Hirschsprung disease?
A congenital abnormality (birth defect) of the bowel in which there is absence of the ganglia (nerves) in the wall of the bowel. Nerves are missing starting at the anus and extending a variable distance up the bowel, according to medicinenet.
Watch Shah’s condition below.