A mother and father in India are desperately searching for answers to help them figure out why their baby girl can’t stop gaining weight.
According to The Sun, 8-month-old Chahat Kumar from Punjab was born completely healthy, but she began ballooning around 4 months.
At this point, Chahat weighs about 38 pounds—the average size of a 4-year-old.
“When Chahat was born, she was completely normal. Then, slowly we saw that her weight was shooting up,” said Chahat’s father, 23-year-old Suraj Kumar. “Her weight is increasing day by day.”
The baby’s parents have absolutely no idea what could possibly be causing Chahat’s insatiable appetite, but they’re determined to find out.
“Before Chahat, we had a son who died, and then Chahat was born. I am concerned about her health,” Chahat’s mother, Reena, 21, said.
Reena estimates that her daughter likely eats about four times more than an average child her age.
“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 said. “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.”
Sadly, Chahat also suffers from abnormally hard skin, which has made it impossible for doctors to administer a proper blood test.
“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,” said Reena.
The family’s doctor, Vasudev Sharma, agreed that Chahat’s skin has made it impossible to get a blood test and confirm a medical diagnosis for her extreme weight gain.
“This is the first case I’ve seen in my life where a child’s weight has been shooting up so much four to five months after birth,” Sharma 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,” Sharma added.
As The Sun reports, Chahat’s parents say they will stop at nothing to make sure she’s as healthy as possible.
“We want Chahat to be able to play like normal kids. We don’t want her to have difficulties in the future,” said Reena. “We want a good future for her.”