A dad would do everything to save his own kids’ lives, including his kidney! That’s the only solution dad Rameshbhai Nandwana, 34, could think of so he could bring his three morbidly obese kids to top specialists. The family lives in Gurjarat, India.
Believed to be among the world’s heaviest children, 5-year-old Yogita Rameshbhai Nandwana, 3-year-old Anisha, and 18-month-old Harsh weigh 75lbs (34kg), 106lbs (48kg) and 33lbs (15kg), respectively.
Their bodies are too heavy for their legs to carry, so not one of them could walk. This becomes a huge problem for their mother, 30-year-old Pragna Ben, when her husband is at work because the kids are too heavy for her to carry.
Aside from the mobility problem, Pragna also has problems with chores at home because she spends most of her day just preparing food for three kids who were always hungry.
Upon waking up at 6AM, the kids would already eat 5 bananas, 1L milk, 6 wheat chapatis (unleavened bread), and a bowl of vegetable broth. By 10AM, the kids would be so hungry they would be snacking on 5 wheat chapatis, a bowl of yoghurt, and a bowl of vegetable broth. Lunch time consists of millet chapatis, 2 bananas, a bowl of vegetables, and 4 packets of crisps.
The kids would also take two snacks in the afternoon. At 3PM they eat millet bread and rice with vegetables while the 5PM meal consists of 1L cold softdrink, 6 packets of crisps, 5 packs of biscuits, and 5 bananas. Then, dinner would be 6 wheat chapatis, 1L milk, 1.5L buttermilk, and 2 big bowls of vegetables.
Rameshbhai’s wages mostly go to his kids’ food, so he does not have enough money to bring them to a specialist. The local doctors told them the kids need medical attention lest they die of multiple organ failures because of their condition. The doctors are not sure what condition is affecting the children as more tests are needed before a definite diagnosis can be done.
However, they do suspect that all three children have Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a rare genetic condition characterized by a permanent feeling of hunger, reduced muscle tone, learning difficulties, restricted growth, behavioral problems, and lack of sexual development.
There is no cure to PWS but the condition can be managed by preventing the patient from overeating and only providing healthy, non-fattening food. Sweets, soda drinks, and fatty foods are restricted. It might also be necessary to lock the kitchen or at least the cupboards and fridge where food is stored so the sufferer does not have constant access to food. It might sound too harsh but PWS quickly leads to obesity, so this must be done.
Rameshbhai now plans to sell his kidneys so he could bring the kids to top specialists; though if the kids do have PWS, he and Pragna are better off hiding their food rather than selling his kidney and giving the kids all the food they want. Still, the two feel pity for their kids, finding it difficult not to feed them whenever hunger strikes.