The 18-year-old boy had been experiencing severe pain from the outgrowth prompting his parents to take him to a hospital. His mom and dad had initially believed that the tail was a good luck charm before his complaints of pain began.

Since the 18-cm tail involved a part of the spinal cord, the operation was done by a neurosurgeon, Daily Mail reported.

Dr. Pramod Giri, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure, said that the defect did have psychological effects for the boy growing up.

“The boy was also suffering from an extreme psychological issue because the tail was growing so he had to always adjust the tail in his clothes when sitting,” he said.

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