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Doctors Investigate Indian Baby For Spontaneous Combustion

Fri, 08/23/2013 - 9:32am
Gillian Mohney

A 3-month-old Indian baby is the center of a medical mystery as doctors are trying to determine if the infant suffered from spontaneous human combustion, according to the New York Times. 

The infant is being treated at the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital in Chennai, India, after his parents claimed he caught on fire four separate times.

The boy’s mother, Rajeshwari Karnan, said nine days after his birth she found the baby on fire in her hut after he was left alone momentarily.

“There was a flame on his belly and his right knee, and my husband rushed with a towel to put it off,” Karnan told the New York Times. “I got very scared.”

But that wasn’t the only time it happened, according to the parents, who said there were three other similar incidents even after they took the baby to a local hospital for treatment.

Eventually the parents traveled to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital for more extensive treatment.

Doctors there are investigating the possibility that the infant, named Rahul, has suffered from spontaneous human combustion. They have also examined the child for a host of other medical conditions, as well as possible child abuse.

Multiple medical tests have given no indication that the baby could catch fire without an ignition source, according to the Times of India.

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