Meet Juanita Valentina Hernandez, the 10-month-old who hasinexplicably ballooned to the same weight as an average 5-year-old — 44 pounds.
“To all mothers that have babies like this, please take care of our children if we don’t want them to get sick,” said her mother, Sandra Franco. “Now she is 10 months old and I have realized that she has morbid obesity.”
“When she was 15 days old she was already looking chubby, because she was born very thin,” the worried mother added.
Franco claims she has no idea how Juanita could have wound up so big.
Until now, she had been unable to foot the bill to get her daughter help because of her unemployment status. It wasn’t until a Colombian charity dubbed Chubby Hearts accepted Juanita into their weight program that she was able to get the treatment she truly needed.
“Thousands of children in Colombia — and millions around the world — suffer with obesity,” charity founder Salvador Palacio Gonzalez told Barcroft. “From Colombia we have formed an international alliance to help people who are overweight.”
Juanita is the third baby Gonzalez has seen in the last year who weighs more than 40 pounds.