On August 11 news broke that a 3-month-old baby from Chennai, India suffers from a rare condition called Spontaneous Human Combustion. This condition causes the baby to emit combustible gases when he sweats that can be sparked by something as small as static electricity. The infant whose name has been reported as Rahul has allegedly burst into flames a total of four times since his birth with the first time being when he was just nine days old.
Doctors have told Rahul's parents that there isn't a treatment available for Spontaneous Human Combustion, and that they can only treat his severe burn wounds.
Once Rahul is released from t he hospital doctors say he needs to be kept in a temperature controlled room to prevent him from sweating, and he should be kept away from inflammable substances.
When I read this story I was shocked. I've heard about Spontaneous Human Combustion in movies and in old wives' tales, but I never considered it to be a real medical condition. Even with this baby's diagnosis, I still find it hard to believe.
Do you think this is a case of Spontaneous Human Combustion, or do you believe there is something else causing the fires that are burning this baby?
Photo source: Matrianklw/Flickr News source: CNN-IBN http://ibnlive.in.com/news/tn-3monthold-baby-bursts-into-flames-whenever-he-sweats/413358-62-128.html
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