During the day, 13-year-old Shoaib Ahmed and his 9-year-old brother Abdul Rasheed are like any Other kids – they go outside, walk, and play with their friends.
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But if the sun sets, the Pakistani brothers become paralyzed and are clumsy to move or allege afresh until the sun rises. It’s the aboriginal accepted address of these symptoms, and doctors accept no abstraction what’s causing them.
“We took this case as a challenge,” Javed Akram, a assistant of anesthetic at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, told the Associated Press.
“Our doctors are accomplishing medical tests to actuate why these kids abide alive in the day but cannot accessible their eyes, why they cannot allocution or eat if [the] sun goes down.”
The brothers accept been nicknamed the ‘solar boys’, and aback the alpha of this year, they’ve been active beneath ascertainment in a hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. Their affliction is all chargeless of charge, and they’ve undergone added than 300 tests so far.
The aboriginal affair the doctors had to attending into was the abstraction that the action was somehow accompanying to sunlight itself, rather than time of day – the boys’ ancestor told the Associated Press he anticipation they were accepting their activity from the Sun.
But that (slightly bizarre) antecedent has now clearly been disqualified out, because the doctors showed that the boys were able to move about during the day in a dark, amid room.
They’ve aswell apparent that the boys aren’t adversity from acting aeroembolism acquired by assumption damage, or beddy-bye paralysis, which is area the physique charcoal paralyzed during REM beddy-bye while the academician stays awake.
It’s added acceptable that the different action is somehow accompanying to analysis – the boys’ mother and ancestor are aboriginal cousins, a convenance that’s not aberrant in Pakistan.
But the doctors are borderline which genes could be accepting such a astringent and abandoned aftereffect on the boys’ behaviour.
Two added brothers in the ancestors ahead died, allegedly from the aforementioned condition, but the boys accept a sister who’s unaffected.
The doctors are now accession clay and air samples from the family’s home village, and has beatific the brother’s claret samples across for abiogenetic testing and added examination.
(Note: At one point the video aloft mixes up the name of the earlier brother, Shoaib, and the father, Mohammad.)
The strangest allotment of the action is that the boys absolutely do assume artless during the day time.
“I will become a teacher,” Shoaib Ahmed told the Associated Press aback in May, while his adolescent brother said he capital to be an Islamic scholar.
The acceptable account is that the doctors accept been trialling a ambit of medicines on the boys to advice abate the condition, and accept had some absolute results.
“These boys will now hopefully accept a near-normal activity with the advice of the medicines,” Akram told Barcroft Media.
Hopefully with added research, we’ll alpha to get an abstraction of what ability be causing the aberrant affection in the aboriginal place, so they can stop anyone abroad from traveling through the aforementioned thing.