In a rare case, two Pakistani brothers become paralyzed every day when the Sun sets, and are unable to speak or move until the Sun rises again. Thirteen year-old Shoaib Ahmed and his brother nine year-old Abdul Rasheed have been living in a hospital in Islamabad, since the beginning of the year, where their medical condition is being carefully monitored.
So far, over 300 tests have been conducted on them, including DNA and blood analyses. The results suggest they are not experiencing temporary paralysis caused by nerve damage or so-called ‘sleep paralysis,’ a condition in which the human body is paralyzed during the REM sleep stage while the brain remains awake.
The children’s father, Mohammad Hashim, who is a resident of Quetta, has previously sent his sons to spiritual healers, and has enrolled them both in a seminary, believing that religious education might heal their disease, and that those who study at a seminary go on to become ‘something special’ in the future. He says he has six children: two daughters and four sons, three of whom are suffering from a disease that no one understands, and rumours going around that they are victims of black magic. Youngest son Ilyas, a one year-old, has recently started showing symptoms too. Some media reports say that there were two other brothers who had died from the same condition. The sisters don’t show any symptoms. The only previous known cases have been in Japan, where both boys and girls contracted the ailment, but doctors suspect the Pakistani boys’ condition might be related to their genetic origin, as their father and mother are first cousins - a common situation in Pakistan. Additionally, experts are analyzing soil and air samples from their village.
The ‘Solar Boys’ might be suffering from a neuro transmitter deficiency, said vice chancellor of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) Dr Javed Akram, who chaired a meeting of a medical board called to discuss the children’s case. Simply put, he considers it possible that neuro transmitters in the brain might have been disturbed. He noted the similar case reported in Japan, called JPA, occurred in both male and female children. The experience in Pakistan only affects boys and the disease might need to be renamed.
During the day, the boys are active and appear capable of leading a normal life. Some medicines do manage to alleviate the condition and doctors hope they may eventually enable them to outgrow it. In a blog three months ago, I wrote about Chinese boy Nong You-sui, who seems to be one of a new breed of ‘Super-Kid’ and noted that in spite of his abilities, he was reluctant to be in the Sun for too long and would squint in bright Sunlight. [http://www.solarancestor.com/weekly-bulletin/-new-sun-light-ushers-in-age-of-super-children ]. Even if the medical experts nail this down as being genetic or a neuro transmitter deficiency, how do they explain the direct connection to the movements of the Sun? Perhaps something new is emerging in an unprepared world.
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