From Yemen Observer Newspaper (yobserver.com)
The man with the
mysterious horn By Hakim Almasmari Feb
13, 2007, 18:04
first horn grew for twenty five years.
Talib Saleh used to dream that he would grow
horns on his head. He dismissed them as mere
fancy at first, but then, at the ripe old age
of 78, a horn did indeed begin to grow on the
left side of his head, astonishing his fellow
Saleh, a resident of Aídban district of the
Shabwa governorate, claims that the horn started
growing over 25 years ago. He has no explanation
as to how the horn developed or why. However,
a large medical team at the Aden Specialized
Hospital believe that the horn was caused by
multiplying layers of hardened, dried skin on
these layers piled up enough to become a horn.
Saleh, 102, spoke to the Yemen Observer about
the astonishing experience of growing horns
on his head, beginning at the age of 77.
first, he said, began growing some 25 years
ago, and kept growing until it reached a length
of half a meter. But that horn broke off one
day last year. Eight days later, another horn
started growing in the same spot as the first
one. This horn is currently still growing on
the left side of his head.
explain to us on how this all started? Years
ago, I had a dream showing me that horns would
grow on my head. I did not take the dream seriously
at first, as I considered it to be an abnormal
dream that many people tend to have. Months
later, I started seeing the same dream continuously
and started to believe that the horns would
eventually grow, but did not know when. One
day, as I was touching the surface of my head,
I felt a very thick and hard layer of substance
on my head. At that time we didnít have the
medical institutions like we have today, so
I ignored it and did not focus too much on it
because it didnít bother me at all. Every week,
it seemed to grow bigger and harder. It started
to show clearly after the first year, and kept
on growing until it reached half a meter in
it started growing, how did the people around you react?
People around me were very shocked and could not believe
their eyes, as it was something never imagined or seen
before. People from my tribe started getting worried
for me, and continuously asked if I was in pain or needed
any assistance. However, in time people started getting
used to the issue and understood that it was not bothering
me and was just something Allah wanted to happen to
show the people that he can do as he desires.
did the first horn break? It was very
difficult for me to watch out for it because we human
beings move a lot, and when we sleep we move unconsciously.
Gradually over time, due to its long length, it started
getting weaker and I was expecting it to get damaged.
When it broke I never thought that it would ever grow
again, but just days later it started showing new signs
of growth, and the horn I have today is the second one
and not the first.
unsual, this man is grateful to God for this unique
your kids have any signs of having horns as well? No,
not at all. This is something that Allah wrote for me
and did not happen by birth. As I mentioned previously,
I started seeing the horn on my head only 25 years ago,
and after I reached the age of 77. This is not something
that is spread through my ancestory, if it was, I would
have been born with the horn.
you received visitors from around the country and abroad
who come and see the miracle of a horn on a man?
I have had hundreds of visitors who come from around
the country and feel surprised and in awe when they
see the greatness of God and his creation. They travel
for hundreds of kilometers only to get a glance at the
horn and ask questions about it. I have also received
numerous visitors from gulf countries, including Saudi
Arabia and the Emirates. When they come, they cannot
believe their eyes and when they touch the horn, they
cannot believe that a man could have a horn growing
on his head.
you heard of any similar cases throughout the world?
No, I have done a lot of research and
searched medical records of different health organizations
around the world, and never has such a case been known
to mankind. Usually when people hear about such a case,
they tend to believe that it is unreal and fabricated,
but my pictures prove that this case is true. I have
no idea why Allah chose me, but I thank God for his
mercy and show of greatness. I only say al-hamdu lillah.
the years have any world health organizations contacted
you and asked for details for your unusual case?
Surprisingly, no. I donít even think health organizations
know that I have a horn. I try to avoid the media. And
since the horn has been growing on my head, I have rarely
contacted health organizations. However, if any health
organization is willing to do research and studies concerning
the horn, I am willing to cooperate. The prevalence
of health organizations in Yemen is low, and Yemen has
greater health problems to worry about. In my point
of view, if my case was in the western world, it would
be given greater publicity and studies would have delved
deep enough to understand the reasons why the horn suddenly
started to grow on a man after reaching the age of 90.
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