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Mysterious Weight Gain: 10-Month-Old Baby Heavy as Nine-Year-Old Baffles Doctors

Mysterious Weight Gain: 10-Month-Old Baby Heavy as Nine-Year-Old Baffles Doctors

A Mexican mother whose 10-month-old son weighs the same as a nine-year-old has spoken out about his mystery condition.

Luis's 24-year-old mother, Isabel Pantoja, wasn't initially concerned about her son's weight gain, but became alarmed when she realized Luis far outweighed his brother Mario, who is almost three years older, the Daily Mail reported. The baby's mother Isabel Pantoja, 24, from Colima, Mexico, expressed her concerns Sunday as she spoke to Daily Mail about her son's condition that has left the doctors baffled.

At birth Luis weighed 3.5kg (8lbs), about the same as his brother Mario, who is nearly three but is now dwarfed by his baby brother.

Family members take it in turns to push him to his 4-times-a-week hospital appointments in a battered old push-chair.

Lius' family is now facing several difficulties raising the child as the doctors have considered giving him hormonal treatment, which include injections that cost $555 per shot, despite his father earning just $200 per month, Daily Mail reported.

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

Experts fear Luis Manuel may have a disease called Prader-Willi Syndrome - which leaves children with an insatiable appetite. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18kg (40lbs). At two months, he weighed 22 pounds and could only fit into clothes for children already two or three years old. The family has begun reaching out on social media to raise money for Luis' medical bills. Whenever he has to go to the hospital for check-ups, they need to transport him in a stroller, but even this is a hard task.

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

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His family said one-day his pram collapsed due to Luis's hefty sizet.

The baby cannot walk or even crawl, he can only sit and has to be carried everywhere.

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

If this is the reason for Luis' weight gain, hormone injections could help improve his metabolism.

But there is hope.

Then recently, they were contacted by a surgeon, Silvia Orozco, who specialises in nutrition. His mother said he eats normal amounts of food, just like any other baby, and doesn't ask to be fed.

He and Pantoja were told their son might require hormone injections costing $555US ($724AUD) a pop.


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