Meet the woman who doctors believe has the world’s biggest hands – which weigh almost one and a half stone each. For more than 50 years shop owner Duangjay Samaksamam,
from Surin Province Thailand, has suffered from an extremely rare and painful affliction that leaves her limbs permanently swollen. Moving can be very painful and even the simplest tasks, such as washing and combing her hair, are extremely difficult for the single 59-year-old.
Embarrassed by her condition throughout her childhood, Duangjay spent the first 20 years of her life as a recluse ashamed of the way she looked, which meant she never went to school. But she was forced to come out of hiding at the age of 20 to earn a living in order to care for her elderly
parents, and take over running the family grocery shop. She has caught the attention of medics all over the world and many have attempted surgery to decrease the swelling but, to date, none have succeeded. Duangjay’s story appears in a new series of Body Bizarre, September 25, 9pm on TLC.
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