The boy whose brain won’t tell him he is full

2013-10-28 00:00

IMAGINE that your desire to get food is so strong that you would do anything to get it, even crawl out of your bedroom window in the middle of the night to walk to a shop several kilometres away. One of the many symptoms of the rare illness Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is excessive hunger.

Legemaate, who lives in Gillitts, in the Highway area, said that simple everyday things such as going out shopping, to lunch or a braai with friends can easily become an explosive situation, all due to the driving desire of an individual with PWS to want to eat because they never have a feeling of satiety (feeling full).

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