Parents of a ten-month-old baby in Colima, Mexico have been left helpless after they discovered that their child suffers from a mysterious medical condition. At birth, the baby boy, called Luis Manuel Gonzales, weighed a normal 3.5 kg (8lbs). However, in a short span of ten months, the baby’s weight has shot up to 18kg (40lbs). This is, in fact, the average weight of any nine-year-old. Doctors believe there is a possibility that the overweight baby is suffering from a medical condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Mother Isabel Pantoja said in an interview to Mail Online, “I thought it was because I had good breast milk,” but adds that she is now greatly worried about Luis, who has grown bigger than his three-year-old brother Mario. The 24-year old also shared that the family takes it in turns to push the baby to the local hospital, where doctors are unable to diagnose the medical condition. The baby is required to visit the hospital as many as four times a week.
The doctors suspect that the baby is suffering from a medical condition called Prader-Willi Syndrome. It is a complex genetic disorder affecting appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function and behaviour. In simpler words, under this syndrome, children have an insatiable appetite and keep feeling hungry or crave for food. Recently, a four-year-old was in the news for suffering from the Prader-Willi Syndrome. The Sun reported that his 21-year-old mum was forced to use a stair gate to prevent from eating from a bin owing to his medical condition that leaves him hungry all day.
Luis parents, however, share that he does not eat excessively. This, in turn, has led to a hypothesis that he is suffering from a hormonal imbalance. Doctors have considered giving the baby a hormone treatment that can cost a whopping $555 per shot, while his father Mario Gonzales earns just $200 per month. In an interview to the Mail Online, Mario says, “It hurts to watch the nurses search among the rolls of fat on his arms for a vein.” They have created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care.
The family has consulted Silvia Orozco, a surgeon who specialises in nutrition. Silvia says that Isabel’s diet during her pregnancy might be the reason for the baby’s medical condition. He attributes it to the possibility of certain nutrients lacking in the mother’s diet, which has caused the glands that manage metabolism to underperform. If this hypothesis turns out to be true, then the hormone shots could well be the solution to Luis’ medical condition.