10-Month-Old Baby Weighs As Much As A Fourth Grader

She wasn't anxious about her son's sudden weight gain at first, but he is now bigger and heavier than his brother Mario, who is three years old, The New York Post reports.

Luis Manuel Gonzales, a 10-month-old baby from Mexico, weighs as much as an average 9-year-old child at 62 pounds.

Family members take turns pushing the boy to his hospital appointments four times a week in a battered push-chair.

While it is unclear what is causing the baby's extreme weight, doctors believe Luis could be suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome.

At birth he weighed 3.5 kilos, about the same as his brother Mario, who is nearly three but is now dwarfed by his baby brother.

However, Lius' mother said the toddler doesn't beg for food and eats a normal amount for a child his age. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18 kilos.

She and her husband Mario are constantly taking him to the hospital for tests and have opened a dedicated bank account for friends and family to donate money into to help with the high medical care costs. Also, his parents can barely carry him around, so they need to take turns when they need to hold him.

It hurts to watch the nurses search among the rolls of fat on his arms for a vein, said his father, Mario Gonzales. One day the stroller simply collapsed under his weight.

The excess weight means he cannot walk or even crawl and can only sit upright. 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.

His mum said she is exhausted by carrying him so much, and she fears his life his in danger.

The family are now awaiting answers as the doctors remain scratching there heads as to what caused his rapid weight gain.

But there is hope.

Silvia Orozco, a doctor specializing in nutrition, took notice of the case and chose to help out.

If the tissue analysis results prove her theory correct, Orozco thinks that Gonzales' condition could be aided by hormone shots, Mail Online reports.

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 so - pending the results of tissue samples being done in the USA - he could be helped with a different kind of hormone shot that would kick-start his metabolic glands.

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