A one-year-old boy is going through puberty, growing facial and body hair, as well as adult sexual organs.
According to reports, the young boy’s voice broke and he began to experience ‘sexual urges’ in spite of the fact he is barely a year old.
Growing increasingly concerned, his parents took him to a doctor in Delhi where he was diagnosed with a rare condition called ‘precocious puberty’.
His mother told the Hindustan Times:
We thought maybe he was just a big baby, so we did not take him to the doctor. But by the time he was one, it was apparent there was something wrong.
My mother-in-law, who has taken care of several children in the family, also said that his growth seemed unnatural. That is when we took him to the doctor.
Dr Vaishakhi Rustagi from Max Super Speciality Hospital said:
“His testosterone levels were exceptionally high – as high as that of a 25-year-old, because of which he had started experiencing physical changes.
Since he was so young, he was not able to understand what was happening. He would experience sexual urges too.”
Apparently the condition is extremely rare with one case appearing roughly every ten years.
It can be incredibly traumatic for the child as they are unable to express their feelings or understand what is happening to them.
Dr Rustagi also added:
“If such children are not treated, they will become violent. The physical changes will not be suitable for their age.
They will also stop growing after a few years and remain about 3-4ft tall.”
It is hoped the young boy will make a recovery as he is now having injections to block the effects of the excessive hormones on his body.
He would be treated with the therapy for the next 10 to 12 years.