A man from Pune, Maharashtra, India, named Rajendra Panchal, has been able to eat for the first time in his life after damaging his jaw as a baby.
Rajendra was just one-years-old when he fell on his face while walking, misplacing his jaw and wedging his mouth shut.
His family couldn’t afford to fix it and over time his jaw fused in place, leaving him unable to open his mouth more than 1.5cm.
For decades he existed on a liquid diet and was taunted for his deformity until December, when he visited the dentist unable to bear the pain from severe toothache.
Rajendra said, ‘I am now able to eat and talk like any normal person.’
‘Our financial condition was such that we could not afford medical treatment
‘Also, I had to drop out of school after fourth grade due to our poor socio-economic status.’
Dr. Garde said: ‘It is a rare case.
‘Normally in such cases it is diagnosed and treated without much delay. ‘But, here, the patient has persisted with the condition for 38 years, making it even more extremely rare.
‘There are also high chances of re-ankylosis in patients if they skip the physiotherapy sessions.
‘The surgery lasted more than four hours, during which his fused skull bone was released and we achieved a satisfactory opening in the mouth of 45 millimetres’.