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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The holy tail Growth lad, 12, hailed as god
THIS boy of 12 with a “tail” growing from his back has been hailed as a god in
Followers flock to Arshid Ali Khan’s temple — often leaving cash or gifts in
return for a blessing.
They believe the youngster — Balaji to his devotees — is the reincarnation of
Hindu monkey god Hanuman. But doctors say he has meningocele, a form of
spina bifida where the spinal cord develops abnormally.
Balaji, who lives with his grandparents near Chandigarh, said: “I love my
tail. It’s a gift from God. It’s unusual but people respect me and bow
before me because of it. I feel special.”
'I'm so happy' ... with grandparents Suraya and Iqbal
Doctors say if the growth is not removed, Balaji’s twisted limbs could become