A baby has completely baffled doctors by weighing in at a staggering 2.7st at just 8-months-old.
Chahat Kumar from Punjab in India is now double the average weight of a child her age, and instead weighs the same as a 4-year-old, despite being a normal weight when she was born.
Her mum, Reena Kumar explains, ‘when Chahat was born she was like normal kids. After 4 months we realised that her weight was increasing.’
‘She doesn’t eat like a normal kid. She keeps eating all the time. If we don’t give her anything to eat, she starts crying.’
‘She cries to go out but her weight is too much and we are not able to pick her up. So we only take her to nearby places.’
Dad Suraj Kumar adds, ‘She gets hungrier than other babies. She demands milk and food often.’
‘Her weight is increasing day by day.’
After first noticing that baby Chahat was gaining weight at a dramatic rate, her parents started trying to get to the bottom of her condition.
Suraj explains, ‘we took her to the doctor. They told us they need to take her blood samples but then it wasn’t possible for the doctors to take her blood because her skin was very thick.’
Reena and Suraj took Chahat to visit Doctor Vasudev Sharma, who has been working with the family ever since she was born. Despite his years of experience, Dr Sharma admits that this is the first time he has encountered such an unusual condition.
He explains, ‘This is the first case I’ve seen in my life where a child’s weight has been shooting up so much 4-5 months after birth.’
‘The child is around 15-17kgs now. We recommended that they should visit a Paediatric specialist at the Civil Hospital in Amritsar but the blood test couldn’t be carried out because the fat on the baby’s body was too much and because of that the blood test wasn’t properly done.’
Despite their investigations, doctors have so far been unable to diagnose Chahat’s condition, but are hoping to start treatment soon.
Doctor Sharma says, ‘one the treatment starts the weight may decrease eventually and the child can fall into the normal weight category.’
Heartbreakingly, Reena and Suraj lost a baby in childbirth before they had Chahat,so they are desperate for their only child to live a normal life.
Reena says, ‘we want Chahat to be able to play like normal kids. We don’t want her to have difficulties in the future. We want a good future for her.’