A 12-year-old boy in Chandigarh has a 7-inch long tail sticking out of his back, media reports revealed.
Arshid Ali Khan is now worshipped as the living incarnation of Lord Hanuman, and has faithful followers who refer to him as “Balaji,” Nairaland. com reported.
Doctors say the appendage is actually meningocele, a rare form of spina bifida that causes the spine to grow abnormally. Although medical experts believe that Khan should have the “tail” removed because he risks medical problems, he is opposed to it. “I love my tail. It’s a gift from God. I feel special,” he said.
Dr. Scott Meyer, a member of the neuro-spine team at Morri-stown Medical Center in New Jersey, said that the meningocele can be associated with a tuft of hair in the lower back.