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MOTHER SAYS SHE THOUGHT HER BABY WAS FAT BECAUSE SHE HAD SUCH GOOD BREAST MILK


The mother of an 62lbs baby has said that she thought he was overweight because of her breast milk.

In fact, Luis Manuel Gonzales suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic condition that gives children an insatiable appetite and weak muscle tone.

When he was born in Mexico he weighed just under 8lbs, around the same weight as his brother, Mario, who is three years older than him.

But now the 10-month-old weighs more than Mario after putting on more than 54lbs.

His mother, Isabel Pantoja said: ‘I thought it was because I had good breast milk.’

She and her husband, who earns $200 a month (£150), are now trying to raise funds so that their son can be treated.

The family live in Tecoman, Mexico, and they are unable to fund treatment themselves.

They take turns pushing him to the hospital in a decrepit pram for daily blood tests.

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

The parents got the shock of their life when a pediatrician told them the boy might need hormone injections that cost $555 (£423) each.

And despite lots of study and examination, no one really knows what is wrong with this baby boy.

He has to go to hospital up to four times a week and on one occasion his pram collapsed under his weight.

He appears happy and giggled throughout an interview with his parents, but he is unable to walk or crawl – he can only sit upright.

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

But there is hope. Silvia Orozco, a surgeon who specialises in nutrition, contacted the family and examined the boy.

She concluded that his life might be in danger, but is awaiting the results of tissue sample analyses in the United States.

Orozco said that, rather than Prader-Willi Syndrome, his problem may be this: while pregnant with Luis Manuel, his mother’s diet lacked certain nutrients and this caused glands that manage his metabolism to underperform.

If that turns out to be the case, the prognosis is good and would involve hormone shots.

He is just 10 months old but already weighs more than his three-year-old brother Mario (Picture: Getty)

Source: Metro

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