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January 15, 2015 03:00 PM

In just 10 months, Colombian baby Juanita Valentina Hernandez went from her birth weight of 6 lbs. to a staggering 44 lbs. – the size of an average 5 year old – leaving doctors and her mother dumbfounded.

“When she was 15 days old, she was already looking chubby because she was born very thin,” Juanita’s mother, Sandra Franco, told the Daily Mail. “Since then she’s been gaining weight. Now she is 10 months old, and I have realized she is morbidly obese.”

Franco claims financial struggles have prevented her from taking action, but she has recently teamed up with Colombian charity Gorditos de Corazén (translation: Chubby Hearts) to get help for Juanita. “Until now I haven’t been able to treat her because I am unemployed and didn’t have the money,” said Franco.

Thanks to the charity, Juanita Valentina is currently getting care from a team of specialists in Bogoté.

“Thousands of children in Colombia – and millions around the world – suffer with obesity,” said the director of Gorditos de Corazén, Salvador Palacio, who has helped two other Colombian babies weighing a total of 91 lbs. lose weight. “From Colombia we have formed an international alliance to help people who are overweight.”

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