Most of us know that being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world.
Being a mom is a full-time job that some moms have to juggle with another full time. The only difference is that the full-time job you put more hours into (being a mom) doesn’t pay as well…
Unless you count adorable smiles and hugs as payment, then it’s the best paying job in the world.
When you’re a mom, you work around the clock, trying to make sure that your kid is happy, healthy, and most importantly, alive.
It’s a tough job but someone has to do it, right?
Moms don’t get enough credit for all the things they do to look after their family, it’s sad but true. Moms look after us every day of the year, surely they deserve more than one day to celebrate them? I certainly think so!
But could you imagine being a mother to a child who needs a lot of extra attention?
That’s ten times more work!
I don’t know if I could handle that.
Of course, we love our children no matter what happens to them. Whether they’re born perfectly normal, or if they’re born needing a little extra assistance in life.
We’ll never love them any left, but it does making being a mom a lot harder and more frustrating at times.
To the parents who are in situations like this, I honestly don’t know how you do it and I think you’re incredibly strong to do it.
I know I’d struggle to do what you do.
The thing that makes your child a little extra special can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
They could be born with ADHD or autism, or they could be born with a disease that means they eat like an adult and weigh the same as the average nine-year-old.
The last thing sounded weird, right? Well, it’s actually a real condition!
Can you imagine having to hold a baby that heavy for long periods of time?
I think I can hear my back breaking at the thought of it!
Well for Luis Manuel Gonzales’ family, this is their daily reality.
Luis is just ten months old, but he weighs the same as the average nine-year-old.
Both his parents and doctors are at a loss to explain his mystery weight gain!
This little boy is a medical mystery!
Luis’ mom, Isabel Pantoja, 24, from Colima, Mexico wasn’t worried about her son’s weight gain at first but Luis now dwarfs his brother Mario. Mario is nearly three years older than Luis!
That’s one big baby!
The family recently took part in an interview where they spoke about the daily struggles and distresses they face in their day to day life.
The family is constantly worrying about what’s wrong with their son, and hope they get an answer to that question soon.
When he was born, Luis weighed a perfectly normal 8lbs just like his older brother
But it soon became clear that Luis was different than his siblings.
At just two months he weighed 22lbs and was wearing clothes for children aged between two and three years.
Luis’ dad, Mario, is a healthy man. He works at a local juice plant, but even he is exhausted by carrying Luis.
Each family member takes it in turns to push him to his 4-times-a-week hospital appointments.
The family is currently pushing the 10-month-old in a battered old push-chair.
At the moment doctors have one theory about Luis’ mysterious weight gain.
They believe that Luis could be suffering from Prader-Willi Syndrome, which is a genetic condition that leaves the child constantly hungry and prone to overeating.
However, Luis doesn’t beg for food and his family claim he eats a normal amount of food for a child his age.
The family’s plight came to the attention of Silvia Orozco, a surgeon who specializes in nutrition that took an interest in the Luis and his special case.
Silvia is currently awaiting results but has a theory that he could be helped by hormone injections.
The surgeon believes that Luis’s problems could be caused by a lack of certain nutrients in his mother’s diet while she was pregnant.
This would cause the glands which manage his metabolism not to work correctly.
If this is true then little Luis could benefit from hormone injections which would help improve his metabolism.
But there is some bad news.
These injections cost around £420, but his father only earns £150 a month.
The family has now set up a Facebook page and bank account to try and raise money for Luis’s medical care.
It’s a daily struggle for the family. I couldn’t imagine dealing with a child that big, and I can’t imagine the worry the family must be going through.
His dad, Mario, said:
“It hurts to watch the nurses search among the rolls of fat on his arms for a vein.”
I really hope Luis and his family finally find the answers he is looking for.
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