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Meet 10-month-old Luis Manuel, who already weighs as much as a nine-year-old

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Meet 10-month-old Luis Manuel, who already weighs as much as a nine-year-old

The 10-month-old baby pictured, Luis Manuel, weighs as much as a nine-year-old at a massive weight of four stone and 10 pounds.

Luis Manuel weighed a normal healthy weight when he was born at seven pounds and 11 ounces, but since then he has put on a lot of weight. His parents suspect the child, who has struggled to breathe because of his rapid weight gain, suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome. This is the same condition affecting Katie Price’s son, Harvey. It is a genetic disorder and means those affected are permanently hungry.

Luis Manuel

Luis Manuel

Luis’ 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. We saw our baby gain weight so fast. Sometimes, he could not sleep because he felt like he was suffocating due to his weight.”

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Luis’ parents have now launched a fundraising campaign to pay for his treatment if his diagnosis is confirmed by doctors in Tecoman, Mexico. Treatment would consist of a series of hormone injections, with each one reportedly costing more than £400.

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Doctors say Luis Manuel is currently the normal weight for a nine-year-old boy even though he is just 10 months old. Doctors in Tecoman say Luis Manuel would be the first ever recorded case of the condition in the city.

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The boy’s father, Mario Gonzalez, 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.”

Luis Manuel

Luis Manuel

The family have opened a bank account to enable well-wishers to donate towards his care.

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