Doctors are stunned that Aliya Saleem, an 18-month-old toddler, weighs a whopping 53 pounds! Parents Shabnam Parveen and Mohammad Saleem have a 5-year-old son who is normal weight.
Dr. Bhavya Kumar has examined the baby and believes she could be suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome. The condition’s symptoms include learning difficulties, growth abnormalities and overeating.
“There could be some hormonal imbalance, there could [be] some metabolic disease. There can be genetic causes,” Kumar told sources. “So, I strongly suspect that this could be a case of some genetic disorder, most probably Prader-Willi Syndrome, which is a very rare disorder.”
Aliya eats about three times as much as a child her age should, and her parents are having a hard time making making ends meet due to their daughter’s voraciousness.
“We spend all our money to feed Aliya,” Shabnam says. “If we do not give her something to eat, she cries endlessly and gets cranky. Her constant hunger leads to excessive weight gain due to which we have to buy new sets of clothes every two weeks that takes a toll on our limited expenses.”
Mohammad Saleem works as a tailor and only makes about $3 a day. We hope the couple can either curb Aliya’s appetite or they can get some financial help feeding and dressing her.