"Her weight is increasing day by day."
An 8-months old Indian girl from Punjab, weighing 17kg has left doctors treating her in a state of confusion.
The baby who is identified as Chahat Kumar apparently had an average weight at birth, but over a four-month period, she rapidly became heavier.
With Chahat being 8 months, weighing 17 kg is way above her age. Normally children will reach this weight when they turn four.
With Chahat becoming obese, she is already suffering from breathing and sleeping issues, with doctors baffled by her condition.
Her 23-year-old father, Suraj Kumar (23), states his daughter’s weight increase is not stopping. He said:
“Her weight is increasing day by day.”
Chahat’s parents are concerned about her health. They cannot understand the cause of her ‘insatiable appetite.’
Aged 21, her mother Reena is worried about the abnormal growth Chahat after previously losing her first-born son. Talking of her daughter’s eating habits, she expressed:
“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.”
The helpless father of Chahat adds:
“It’s not in our hands. I feel bad when some people laugh at her for being fat.”
The condition of the Indian girl has put doctors in a predicament as they a clueless of what is going on. Taking blood samples has also become difficult, with Chahar developing ‘abnormally hard skin.’
According to Reena, the family does not have the funds to treat their daughter and identifies her skins as the root cause:
“We don’t have enough money for her treatment but we do our best to make sure she gets well.
“But the problem is with her skin. Her skin is so hard that doctors have failed to take a sample from her body.”
Vasudev Sharma, the family doctor said:
“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 done properly.
“We have tried it many times. Her skin is so hard that we can’t ever diagnose her condition.”
The family do not have enough money to take their daughter to Amritsar’s Civil Hospital as per medical advice.
Thinking about their daughters future well being, Chahat’s mother adds:
“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.”