An elderly woman in China commonly called unicorn woman due to a growth sprouting out of her head is set to have it removed.
The unicorn woman, real name Liang Xiuzhen, 87, is set to have the horn surgically removed, as it stops her from sleeping.
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The abnormal growth started off as ‘black mole’, but soon developed into something much bigger.
According to her son, Wang Chaojun:
“My mother complained about this mole-like growth on her head that itched all the time. We found ways to cure her itch using traditional Chinese medicine, and then left it be.”
Two years later the mole gave way to a small horn, the size of a little finger. But Xiuzhen accidentally broke the small horn in February, and it grew to 13cm long over the last six months.
Her son said:
“Now the horn hurts my mother and prevents her from sleeping. It also bleeds from time to time.”
Doctors have diagnosed the so-called unicorn horn as ‘cornu cutaneum’, a keratinous skin tumour that can grow in the shape of a horn.