The 10-month-old baby weighing 41 pounds is making international headlines because Aliya was born a healthy baby with nine pounds but then gained so much weight that as a 10-month-old baby she weighed 41 pounds. Aliya’s dad is sharing that his baby girl all of a sudden started eating more and began to gain weight at the age of three to four months. Aliya’s mom is saying that the little (or rather big girl) is eating non-stop and at least three times as much as a girl of her age. “She keeps eating throughout the day.”
Aliya was born in Jharkhand, India, and her parents, 25-year-old Shabana and 28-year-old Mohammad Saleem, have a 5-year-old son who has a normal weight for his age. As reported by News of the World on March 3, Aliya’s parents had another daughter who died at the age of 18 months – because of her weight.
Aliya’s dad works as a tailor and the little money (about four dollars a day) that he earns wasn’t enough to get the kind of medical help that their first daughter needed. When Aliya was born and later started showing the same symptoms as her sister, her parents became worried and took her to a doctor in their village.
“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.”
Even though their 10-month-old baby girl is mostly happy — binging on curry and biscuits and getting a lot of attention from the kids and the adults in their village – her enormous weight is creating already a lot of health problems.
Because of her large frame, Aliya is barely able to crawl and cannot sit up by herself. At night, she wakes up crying because she has trouble breathing. “She keeps crying throughout the day. She wakes up at night abruptly and also she cannot breathe properly,” says Aliya’s mom.
At the age of 10 months, baby Aliya should be weighing 18 pounds, not 41 pounds. Simran, Aliya’s older sister, died of too much weight before she could receive help. “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.”
Fearing the worst for their 41-pound 10-month-old baby, Aliya’s parents have decided to do whatever necessary to get her help. After cutting their son’s education costs by keeping him away from school and borrowing money from friends, they took Aliya to Dr. Krishan Chugh, head of pediatrics at Fortis Hospital on the outskirts of Delhi. Dr. Chugh is saying that the baby’s massive weight gain “could be case of morbid obesity or even a hormonal imbalance.” However, a lot more tests are required before doctors will be able to get to the cause. “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.”