Being a parent is not an easy job, especially when you are taking care of a tiny little baby. But taking care of a ten-month-old weighing 61 lbs must be a tough job! Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything around him, but this baby is far from ordinary. He now dwarfs his brother Mario, who is nearly three years older than him. His mother, 24-year-old Isabel Pantoja from Colima, Mexico, wasn’t worried when she gave birth to a normal kid. But he started gaining so much weight that the whole family is trying to figure out why, together with doctors.
He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns just a little over $US200 monthly.
Doctors cannot explain why he became so huge.
This little boy is a medical mystery!
The family recently took part in an interview, in which they opened up about their daily struggles and distresses they face with their huge baby.
At birth, Luis weighed 3.5 kilos, about the same as his brother Mario.
The parents didn’t find anything weird in this, and neither did any of the doctors.
At just two months he weighed 22lbs (10kilos) and was wearing clothes for children aged between two and three years.
“I thought it was because I had good breast milk,” said his mother in an interview for the media.
She spoke from her unpainted cement home where the family lives in Tecoman, in the Pacific coast state of Colima.
Over the next eight months, the baby gained another 39 lbs.
His parents, worrying about his health, created a Facebook page and opened a bank account. They were hoping people would help and donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care.
Luis’ dad, Mario, is a healthy man and works at a local juice plant. But he, too, is exhausted by carrying Luis. Each family member pushes him to his hospital appointments in a battered old push-chair 4 times a week.
Doctors are not sure of what’s going on, but they believe he could be suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome. This is a genetic condition that leaves the child constantly hungry. However, Luis’s family say that he doesn’t beg for food and eats a normal amount of food. Amazing!
One surgeon who specializes in nutrition took interest in this boy. Silvia Orozco is currently waiting for results, but believes she could help him with hormone injections.
The surgeon believes that his conditions could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients in his mother’s diet while she was pregnant. This probably led to his improperly-functioning metabolism.
But there is some bad news, too.
These injections cost around £420, which is too much for this family. That’s why the family set up the Facebook page for Luis.
It’s a daily struggle for them, and they don’t even know if the injections will help.
“It hurts to watch the nurses search among the rolls of fat on his arms for a vein,” his dad told the media.