10 Month old baby now weighs as much as a 9-year old due to rare condition.

November 14, 2017

 

Luis Manuel Gonzales, who weighs around 62 lbs., is thought to have Prader-Willi syndrome, Metro.co.uk reported. He now weighs as much as a 9 year old kid doctors say and is in need of medicine for treatment. Luis Manuel weighed a healthy 3.5 kilogrammes (7 pounds 11 ounces) at birth but began to put on weight at an alarming rate. His mother, Isabel Pantoja, said: ‘After only one month we noticed that clothes did not fit him and we had to dress him in clothes for a one-year-old, and even a two-year-old.

 Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a loss of function of specific genes which causes sufferers to feel constantly hungry, often leading to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Doctors in Tecoman say Luis Manuel would be the first ever recorded case of the condition in the city. Mario Gonzalez, the boy’s father, said he was worried about the health implications for his son. He said: ‘In some cases, kids have died because of a heart attack due to being so overweight.’

 

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic disorder usually caused by deletion of a part of chromosome 15 passed down by the father.The most common symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome are behavior problems, intellectual disability, and short stature. Hormonal symptoms include delayed puberty and constant hunger leading to obesity.There is no cure for Prader-Willi but many patients will benefit from a supervised diet. Some symptoms can be treated with hormone therapy.

 

 

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