COPING WITH PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME WITH CHINESE MEDICINE
Lsince he was diagnosed with the Prader-Willi Syndrome at 3. In early March, his weight reached 167 kg. Recently, despite weight loss, he is still around 143 kg. Li, who is 1.5 meters tall, is determined to lose more weight.
Li was 2.7 kg at birth and his mother once thought he was malnourished. But from the age of three, with sudden surge in his appetite, he reached 43 kg by four. With the passage of time, his weight rose, but mentally he is at a very low level. Besides, he is emotionally unstable and has poor numeracy skills.
The Prader-Willi Syndrome is a chromosome No 15 abnormality. About 70 percent of cases are due to the child’s father lacking the No 15 chromosome. The incidence of cases is about one per every 15,000.
The clinical symptoms of this disease are complex. In the neonatal period, the baby usually has a poor suckling ability. Then, when the child is around two, it develops an insatiable appetite. Although this disease cannot be cured, early detection and treatment can greatly improve the patient’s quality of life.
In March, after failing to benefit from varied weight loss regimes, Li accepted partial gastrectomy. Meanwhile, obesity has impacted his life severely. He now has high blood pressure, a fatty liver, hyperuricemia, and eight other diseases. To find relief, Li has now resorted to Chinese medicine. And through fire treatment, cupping and acupuncture, he has lost 16 kg in two months.
of Prader-Willi Syndrome cases are due to the afflicted child’s father lacking the No 15 chromosome
Nov 20 — Li happily playing with a water gun in a water park. It is the happiest time for him as he is away from the hospital.