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Boy, 11, dubbed ‘Popeye’ after mystery condition gives him huge biceps

AP
Published Aug 3, 2018, 2:23 pm IST
Updated Aug 3, 2018, 2:23 pm IST
Young Daniel Salvame dreams of being a bodybuilder and martial arts pro so he can prove the bullies wrong.
Daniel’s classmates at his school in Rizal, the Philippines, bullied him over the abnormal appearance but he hit back - telling them that he was like cartoon hero Popeye. (Photo: AP)
 Daniel’s classmates at his school in Rizal, the Philippines, bullied him over the abnormal appearance but he hit back - telling them that he was like cartoon hero Popeye. (Photo: AP)

Philippines: This adorable youngster has been dubbed ‘Popeye’ after a mystery illness left him with huge swollen biceps.

Daniel Salvame, 11, noticed swelling on his right upper-arm when he was just four-years-old - and classmates started teasing him.

 

Within a couple of years, he had developed an enormous arm resembling that of a fully-grown bodybuilder.

Daniel’s classmates at his school in Rizal, the Philippines, bullied him over the abnormal appearance but he hit back - telling them that he was like cartoon hero Popeye.

The little lad now dreams of being a bodybuilder and martial arts pro so he can prove the bullies wrong.

Speaking on Wednesday, he said: ‘My name’s Daniel but people call me Popeye of course. I have big muscles.’

‘My friends have teased me because I look strange but it does not worry me. I have arms like Popeye!’

 

“I will be a body builder and learn martial arts when I’m older. Then I can go back to them and say ‘loo at me now’. They will be sorry.’’

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