Meet Columbia’s Fattest Baby – Santiago Mendoza

Santiago Mendoza, an eight months old baby has been taken away from
his mother so as to undergo a life-saving treatment against obesity.

The baby who weighs the same as a six-year-old was ‘rescued’ by a
charity organisation after his weight continues to balloon
uncontrollably.

Mendoza who already weighs 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
Fandio wrote in asking for help.

Colombia’s most obese baby Santiago Mendoz (pictured with therapist
Salvador Palacios) – who weighs the same as a six-year-old child – has
been ‘rescued’ by a charity so he can undergo life-saving treatment

He was flown from his home in the northeastern city of Valledupar to
the capital Bogota on Sunday

Read the Daily Mail report below:

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

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 Gonzlez said the child would
be evaluated by specialist doctors at the Colina Clinic.

Caracol Radio reports that Mendoza has suffered medical complications
due to his weight since he was born, and has already been hospitalised
on several occasions

Santiago is at risk of suffering from 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.

Fandio 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.

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