Ragged due to swollen face caused by rare disease, Indian youth wishes to lead a normal life
Shubham Patel, a resident of Daultabad village in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district, suffers from a rare disease that has left his face swollen like a 'balloon'.
The same has made him an easy target for neighbours and passersby alike, who take a jibe at him often.
"Wherever I go, people stare at my swollen face and make fun of me," says Shubham whose left side of the face is swollen.
Shubham says, "I want to lead my life like other human beings. And help my family in farming."
"I have seen people make fun of him. During his schooling, his mates used to bully him. I think even he deserves to live like all others and be accepted by society," Popa says.
Not only bullying but the discriminatory nature of people has also left the family distraught.
"When we take him out for weddings people don't go near him thinking that they too might develop the disease," Popa adds.
Shubham says, "Due to my disease, people don't give me a job thinking that I won't be able to work properly. When I go out, people stare at me and discriminate against me. They don't like sitting beside me or taking food from my hand and some are disgusted by looking at me."
For Narmada Bai, Shubham's mother, her son's cure and marriage are of utmost priority.
"I want him to go to the places without any hesitation. As a mother, it is disheartening to see my child suffering," she says.
"He has four siblings. Potential matches come to see them, however, they go back when they see Shubham," Narmada says adding, "This makes him sad."
Ready to take the challenges head-on, Shubham says an operation might make his life better.
Echoing his son's sentiments, Popa says, "I hope he gets treated soon or at least gets some financial support for his treatment."