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Unless They Can Pay $30,000 A Month, Their Baby Will Never Live A Normal Life

MAY 14, 2017  —  By Sarah Gzemski  
Sarah Gzemski

Sarah Gzemski

Animal and pizza lover with an Internet addiction. Nerd to the max. Currently residing in Arizona, the land of beautiful winters.

Imagine having to pay what, for some, is an entire year's salary every month just to keep your baby alive.

That's the dilemma facing the Bekte family in Turkey, who are hard-working but far from wealthy. Their son, Yagiz, looks to outsiders like a child who has eaten way too much and who is much older than 18 months. Unfortunately, it's not that simple, and his medical condition is so rare that the Bektes are reaching out directly to the president of Turkey to get help.

Yagiz was born with a leptin deficiency. Leptin is the hormone in the body that regulates metabolism and weight.

The treatments for the illness wind up costing about $30,000 per month, and no local health services are willing to help the family out.

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Yagiz's parents are often chided for feeding him too much, which just isn't the problem. The leptin deficiency has stolen his ability to run and play, and no matter what he consumes, he gains weight.

The Bekte family is appealing directly to the Turkish president for help and a guarantee that his medications will be carried. Learn more about their story below.

This is heartbreaking. It must be so difficult to see your child suffer and feel totally helpless. Share this story to raise awareness about his illness and remember to hug your kiddos tight.

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