Colombia’s fattest baby who weighs the same as a six-year-old rescued by charity after mother said she kept feeding him every time he cried

Colombia’s most obese baby – who weighs the same as a six-year-old child – has been ‘rescued’ by a charity so he can undergo life-saving treatment.

Santiago Mendoza, eight months, already tips the scales at 3.1-stone, was flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to the capital Bogota on Sunday.

Volunteers from Medellin-based Chubby Hearts foundation (Gorditos de Corazon) stepped in to transport the boy after his mother Eunice Fandiño wrote in asking for help.

Colombia's most obese baby Santiago Mendoz (pictured with therapist Salvador Palacios) used to weigh the same as a six-year-old child

Colombia’s most obese baby Santiago Mendoz (pictured with therapist Salvador Palacios) used to weigh the same as a six-year-old child

The 20kg child, pictured at a centre for the obese, has been taken from his mother due to his size

The 20kg child, pictured at a centre for the obese, has been taken from his mother due to his size

Santiago has suffered medical complications due to his weight since he was born, and has already been hospitalised on several occasions

Volunteers from Medellin-based Chubby Hearts foundation (Gorditos de Corazon) stepped in to transport the boy after his mother Eunice Fandiño wrote in asking for help

Santiago has already been hospitalised on several occasions because of his weight. His mother said she would always give him food or milk when he became upset – which caused his weight to increase

He was flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to the capital Bogota on Sunday after his mother called the charity asking for help with her child's size

He was flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to the capital Bogota on Sunday after his mother called the charity asking for help with her child’s size

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.

Caracol Radio reports that Santiago has suffered medical complications due to his weight since he was born, and has 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.

Caracol Radio reports Mendoza has suffered medical complications due to his weight since he was born

Caracol Radio reports Mendoza has suffered medical complications due to his weight since he was born

Santiago is at risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and severe problems with his joints in the future

Santiago is at risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and severe problems with his joints in the future

Medics will then try to bring his weight down to a manageable level before submitting him to a series of operations, he added.

‘Likely, what he will need is a long-term treatment, education, healthy food, and when he is older physical activity,’ surgeon Cesar Ernesto Guevar told El Espectador.

‘Otherwise, in the future, he could suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and severe problems with his joints,’ he added.

Fandiño revealed that she was practically confined to her home as the baby was ‘too heavy’ to take out andaout.

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.

The child's mother says she was confined to her home as the baby was too heavy to take out

The child’s mother says she was confined to her home as the baby was too heavy to take out

Chubby Hearts director Salvador Palacio González said medics will try to bring his weight down before he has a series of operations

Chubby Hearts director Salvador Palacio González said medics will try to bring his weight down before he has a series of operations

Volunteers from Medellin-based Chubby Hearts foundation (Gorditos de Corazon) stepped in to transport the boy after his mother Eunice Fandiño wrote in asking for help

Volunteers from Medellin-based Chubby Hearts foundation (Gorditos de Corazon) stepped in to transport the boy after his mother Eunice Fandiño wrote in asking for help

 
 

Em bé béo nhất Colombia nặng bằng đứa trẻ 6 tuổi được tổ chức từ thiện giải cứu sau khi người mẹ cho biết cô cứ cho cậu ăn mỗi khi cậu khóc

 

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