Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

10-Month-Old Baby Weighs As Much As A Fourth Grader

Patty Aguilar | 13 November, 2017, 20:03

A 10-month-old boy who weighs as much as a typical 9-year-old child is potentially in danger of dying as his parents scramble to raise money for potential treatment.

Isabel Pantoja, 24, from the Pacific coast state of Colima, said at first she assumed the baby Luis's growth was down to the fact that "I had good breast milk" but now she is desperately anxious for her son. The baby's rare weight condition has left doctors puzzled.

One theory is that Gonzales could be suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic condition which results in a child getting hungry all the time, prone to continuous overeating.

Mario Gonzales (R) looks as his elder son, Mario (bottom) hugs his ten-month-old brother Luis at their home in Tecoman, Colima state, Mexico on November 8, 2017.

At two months of age, Luis weighed 10kg (22lbs).

Luis' parents are now facing difficulties as these hormone injections cost around $550 and Luis' father, Mario Gonzales, earns only less than $200 every month. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18kg (40lbs). However, when he turned two months old, the baby had reached 22 pounds.

Understandably spooked, they started a Facebook page and bank account with the aim of raising funds to care for him. One day the stroller simply collapsed under his weight.

Family members take turns pushing the boy to his hospital appointments four times a week in a battered push-chair.

The excess weight means he cannot walk or even crawl and can only sit upright.

It hurts to watch the nurses search among the rolls of fat on his arms for a vein, said his father, Mario Gonzales.

Pantoja is becoming exhausted from carrying him so much, said the father, a well-built man who works at a juice plant.

Mario Gonzales lifts his ten-month-old baby Luis at their home in Tecoman, Colima state, Mexico on November 8, 2017.

Though she is waiting for test results to confirm her diagnosis, Orozco believes that Pantoja's pregnancy diet might be to blame for her son's unexplained weight gain.

Their son's case is reportedly now in the hands of surgeon Silvia Orozco, who recently conducted a thorough examination on him.

If so - pending the results of tissue samples being done in the United States - he could be helped with a different kind of hormone shot that would kick-start his metabolic glands.

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