Weighing an astonishing 41 lbs, this ten-month-old girl may be the heaviest baby in the world for her age.
Aliya Saleem, of Jharkhand, India, was born relatively large, weighing in at 9 lbs, but she started gaining weight in earnest from the age of four months and is now as heavy as an average six-year-old girl.
The girl’s parents are worried about her health, after another of their babies died aged just one-and-a-half after gaining weight in a similar manner. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Aliya Saleem, of Jharkhand, India, was born at a relatively large 9 lbs, then began to rapidly gain weight from the age of four months (image source: YouTube).
Aliya’s mother Shabana Parveen, 25, said:
A few months after her birth, she starting gaining weight. We had to buy her a new pair of clothes every two weeks because the old ones become too tight for her.
Her huge weight has put the baby’s life in danger, but the parents lack the money to get good enough medical care for her.
Aliya’s father Mohammad Saleem, 28, said:
We have tried our best, but we could only afford to take her to the local hospital.
The doctors in the village could not tell us clearly what she is suffering from. We took Aliya to a doctor in Ranchi. After the check up the doctor suggested that we go to another city, but we couldn’t afford that so we didn’t take her.
2. Mohammad Saleem, 28, and Shabana Parveen, 25, with their daughter Aliya in Jharkhand, India (image source: YouTube).
However, in an effort to try and find the reason of their daughter’s massive weight gain, her parents recently got a consultation at Fortis Hospital on the outskirts of Delhi.
Dr. Krishan Chugh, head of paediatrics at the hospital, said:
This is the heaviest baby at ten months of age that I have seen. This could be case of morbid obesity or even a hormonal imbalance.
But we need to conduct some tests on her before making a proper diagnosis. The treatment depends on the diagnosis that we make.
There are some disorders that can be treated. As far as the reversal of this weight gain is concerned, that would depend on when we find a cause for it.
The average weight of a ten-month-old child is about 18 lbs, less than half Aliya’s weight.
3. The average weight of a ten-month-old is about 18 lbs, less than half Aliya’s weight (image source: YouTube).
Aliya’s huge body poses problems for her mother, who finds it difficult to hold the baby in her lap for very long. She explained:
She has become very heavy. My husband comes home very late from work. So all through the day, I have to do household chores and also look after Aliya. It is difficult because she cannot even sit still on her own.
She keeps crying throughout the day. She wakes up at night abruptly and also she cannot breathe properly.
Aliya has a five-year-old brother, Ali, who is of regular weight for his age, but is nevertheless unable to go to school, because of the family’s financial difficulties.
Aliya’s older sister, Simran, died when she was just one-and-a-half, after gaining weight in a similar fashion. Mr. Saleem said:
Simran had breakfast in the morning. I left for work after that. I got a call that Simran was not well and blood was coming out of her mouth.
We rushed her to the hospital but the doctors told us that her nerves had been damaged and she has passed away.
4. Aliya’s parents recently managed to get a consultation at Fortis Hospital on the outskirts of Delhi with head of pediatrics Dr. Krishan Chugh in a bid to try and get to the bottom of the problem (image source: YouTube).
Mrs. Parveen added:
We are scared. Simran kept gaining weight all the time. Just like her, Aliya is also growing. So if we leave her untreated, we fear for the worst.
Aliya’s rapidly rising weight is making her parents nervous about their financial future, too.
The baby’s daily food intake, Mrs. Parveen reveals, is three times what a normal child takes, placing a strain on the family’s finances. Mr Saleem, a tailor who makes less than $5 a day, said:
We have limited means, so there are instances when I have to borrow money from relatives or friends to feed the family and Aliya.
Yet, despite her ever-growing weight, Aliya is the favorite baby in the village. Mrs. Parveen said:
Everybody in the village loves her. Kids also come and play with her. But very few can lift her.
5. 41 lbs And Still Growing: Meet The Giant 10 Month Old Baby.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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