Parents of 10-month-old boy who weighs as much as a 9-year-old seek help

A 10-month-old boy who weighs as much as a typical 9-year-old child is potentially in danger of dying as his parents scramble to raise money for potential treatment. Luis Manuel Gonzales, who weighs around 62 lbs., is thought to have Prader-Willi syndrome, reported.

His parents fear that if the diagnosis is confirmed, they will not be able to afford the proper hormone treatments, causing their son’s weight to continue to balloon with the potential to cause death. The genetic condition causes an insatiable appetite, which leads to chronic overeating and obesity. It can also cause intellectual impairment and learning disabilities, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


The family, of Tecoman, Mexio, said Luis was born weighing about 8 lbs., and that they began noticing his rapid weight gain when he was about one month old. Initially, his mother suspected that it had to with him being breastfed. 

Ten-month-old Luis Gonzales (L) and his mother Isabel Pantoja, 24, are pictured at their home in Tecoman, Colima state, Mexico on November 8, 2017. Luis Manuel Gonzales is almost like any ten-month-old baby; he babbles his first words and wants to touch everything, but he has a dramatic difference that puts his life at stake: he weighs 28 kilos. Luisito does not demand food constantly, as might be suspected; his case is part of the universe of childhood's obesity and diabetes that Mexico leads worldwide. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO PARDO / TO GO WITH AFP STORY by JENNIFER GONZALEZ COVARRUBIAS (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

His mother said he was born weighing around 8 pounds, but that they noticed his rapid weight gain when he was about one month old.  (Getty)

“After only one month we noticed that clothes did not fit him and we had to dress him in clothes for a 1-year-old, and even a 2-year-old,” Isabel Pantoja, the baby’s mother, told “We saw our baby gain weight so fast. Sometimes he could not sleep because he felt like he was suffocating due to his weight.”

Luis would be the first recorded case of Prader-Willi syndrome in the city, and his parents worry what it would mean for his future.

“In some cases, kids have died because of a heart attack due to being so overweight,” Mario Gonzales, Luis’ father, told the news outlet. 

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