A 10-year-old from Pakistan, thought to be the world’s heaviest boy, weighs 31 stone and needs life-saving surgery before it’s too late.
Mohammed Arbrar is so heavy that he can’t even go to school.
The boy’s parents say that even from a young age he ate meals meant to feed four adults and by the age of six he weighed an incredible 15st.
His doctor has now claimed he is the heaviest boy in the world – weighing even more than Indonesian Arya Permana, who hit headlines three years ago when he was revealed to weigh 29 stone.
His mum Zareena said she couldn’t change his nappies alone and had to get a specially-made bed to take his weight.
She said: “He weighed eight pounds at birth but his weight never stopped growing.
“He used to drink two litres of milk when he was only two years old. It was like his stomach never filled up. He always cried for more food.”
She went on: “It was very difficult for me to even carry him. We had to make a special swing and a bed for him to change nappies.”
Mohammed weighed 15st when he was just six years old. Credit: Caters
Due to his size, Mohammed is unable to play with his three siblings and has never been to school.
But it is hoped there may be light at the end of the tunnel as the country’s best-known bariatric surgeon, Dr Maaz ul Hassan, has agreed to perform life-saving surgery on him.
The operation will reduce the size of his stomach, and will involve the insertion of a gastric band.
Zareena said: “We struggled a lot finding the right treatment for him. We never lost hope of getting medical help.
“I am happy that finally Abrar will get the operation he needs to help him live a normal life.”
“We understand that he has a disease of eating too much food and he needs to be treated differently.
He is unable to walk very far so has never been to school. Credit: Caters
“I am sure he will lose weight just like Dr Maaz’s other patients.
“I am hopeful that with proper diet and exercises and activities like swimming and sports, he will one day be a normal weight.”
Dr Maaz said Mohammed has an ‘endless appetite’.
He said: “When he came to us he could not even take three steps at a time.
“He is an obese child although there is no history of obesity in his family. His parents and the two siblings are perfectly normal.
It’s hoped the surgery will save his life. Credit: Caters
“He has an endless appetite and his parents said he ate a lot for his age.”
Abrar will undergo a laparoscopic sleeve surgery in which the outer margin of the stomach is removed to restrict food intake.
The doctor added: “We are going to perform a laparoscopic sleeve surgery on him as it is best for people under 25 years of age.
“Although I usually take 30-40 mins to carry out the surgery, on him we are expecting it to last for an hour.”