Santiago Mendoza who holds the honor of being Columbia‘s fattest baby and is said at only eight months old to weigh as much as a six year old child has been rescued and put in the care of a charity entity.
The child already tipping the scales at 43 pounds was at the urgent behest of its mother, Eunice Fandiño given to the care of Medellin-based Chubby Hearts foundation.
She confessed that her own ‘ignorance’ had led to her son’s unhealthy weight gain and that, every time he cried, she gave him food or milk to calm down.
‘He was born with an anxiety, so if he cried I just fed him,’ she added.
Local media reports that Santiago Mendoza has suffered medical complications due to his weight since being born, having already been hospitalised on several occasions.
Chubby Hearts director Salvador Palacio González said the child would be evaluated by specialist doctors at the Colina Clinic.
Medics will then try to bring his weight down to a manageable level before submitting him to a series of operations, he added.
Offered surgeon Cesar Ernesto Guevar: ‘Likely, what he will need is a long-term treatment, education, healthy food, and when he is older physical activity,’
‘Otherwise, in the future, he could suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and severe problems with his joints.’
The child’s mother revealed that she was practically confined to her home as the baby was ‘too heavy’ to take out and about.
But she added that she was ‘optimistic’ about the help she was receiving and has promised to follow the instructions she’s given by doctors.