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Three Month Old Baby Suffers from Spontaneous Human Combustion

Although it sounds more like a script from a supernatural film, Rahul, a three-month-old baby from Villupuram, India, is believed to suffer from a rare condition known as Spontaneous Human Combustion. This causes his body to suddenly burst into flames for no apparent reason.

Rahul’s parents have been informed that there is no known cure for Spontaneous Human Combustion and that doctors can only treat his wounds. They also suggested that Rahul be kept away from inflammable substances and in a climate controlled room to prevent him from sweating.

The child’s father, Karnan, told reporters that their family lost their home in one of the fires started by Rahul’s rare condition. Luckily, the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital heard their story and admitted the baby. He he is being treated for severe burn injuries.  Dr. R. Narayana Babu, head of pediatrics at KMC says, “It has been scientifically documented that concentrated combustion air excreted from the body could result in such episodes.”

Only 200 similar cases have been reported around the world in the last 300 years. The last case dates from 1995, when a 73-year-old man from Wales died in his sleep after going up in flames.

sources 1, 2, 3

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