logo

Boy, 11, who ate toilet paper due to a medical condition which meant he was always hungry, dies

Pedro Marrero
Nov 28, 2018
03:33 A.M.

The 11-year-old boy who had a rare disease that made him never feel full died after a hard fight.

Advertisement

Caden Benjamin suffered from Prada Willis Syndrome, a strange condition in which his brain does not register that it is full. In this disease obesity is common and due to it the derivation in other health conditions.

In the case of Benjamin, he also suffered from an important respiratory condition, his heart was getting bigger, he had diabetes, he was very depressed, his kidneys were suffering from an important tension since he needed medicines to urinate.

He also had a skin condition called cellulitis, just to name the main difficulties he already had. The boy held the international headlines for eating toilet paper because of his condition. Follow us on Twitter for more @amomama.

Advertisement
Advertisement

HIS MOTHER’S STRUGGLE

The South African boy died at the Steve Biko Hospital in the city of Pretoria in the province on November 15, 2018.

Caden's mother, Zola Benjamin, was a single mother who was struggling until the last moment with her son's difficult illness. In fact, she was also deteriorated presenting hypertension generated by this situation.

Advertisement

Because of the way Caden was gaining weight, doctors sent her a strict diet and she had to lock the kitchen cabinets and the refrigerator. In addition, she also had to hide the food.

CAMPAIGN FOR HIS FUNERAL

However, nothing was enough. Zola says that the child would scrape the ground and eat it if he did not find any other food.

Advertisement

His mother said that he often broke down in tears saying that he wanted to go out and play with the other children.

Family friend Gila Sacks, started a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to help pay for Caden's care since Zola could not afford her medications. Now, this campaign has been extended to try to raise funds to pay for the funeral.

Advertisement

A similar case was that of a toddler who died of lead poisoning after eating flakes of paint-covered wood at home.

Medics did a blood test after being told he had pica, a disorder whose sufferers eat items of no nutritional value, such as stones and coins. It showed double the fatal level of lead; a material banned in paints sold in Britain in 1992, but still existing on paintwork in older houses.

Advertisement

Eating strange things can be a really bad choice, like the 19-year-old boy who ate a slug and ended up in a coma and could never fully recover.

Ballard fell into a coma when eosinophilic meningoencephalitis affected his brain. He woke up three years later. Prior to that, his mother had hopes for improvement.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Mom Meets Son at Cemetery and Asks Why He Was There, 'I Don't Know Who You Are,' He Answers – Story of the Day

February 21, 2022

Widow’s Son Spends All Her Savings Thoughtlessly, Later Learns She Needs Expensive Operation – Story of the Day

April 27, 2022

Bishop Takes Pregnant Daughter to Hospital, Not Knowing His Grandkids Would Soon Be without a Mom

May 07, 2022

Rich Man’s Young Widow Learns He Left $4.7M Inheritance to Unknown 81-Year-Old Named Anna — Story of the Day

May 04, 2022

Inside Anthony Anderson's Weight Loss Journey — He Made Changes after Landing Role in 'Law & Order'

February 09, 2022

14-Year-Old Boy Approaches His Poor Single Father and Says, 'Dad, I Found Mom' – Story of the Day

February 07, 2022

Devoted Dad-Of-Three Finds Out He's Always Been Infertile, Decides to Take a DNA Test

May 10, 2022

Sons Learn Their Old Mom Gave Her $3.7M Mansion to Young Man Who Isn’t Her Child — Story of the Day

February 18, 2022

Mom Prepares to Hear Her Son's Last Breath, Sees Tears Flowing from His Eyes

May 04, 2022

Widowed Mom Learns Her Son Escapes Home Every Night, He Returns One Day with Bag Full of Cash – Story of the Day

April 11, 2022

Boy Helps Poor Old Lady Carry Her Groceries, His Mom Gets $265K Home as Reward Few Days Later — Story of the Day

May 04, 2022

Stepson Mocked by Adoptive Parents & Their Children Finds Letters They Hid from Him – Story of the Day

March 12, 2022

Mom Refuses to Keep Baby after Seeing His Face, Nurse Shows Bravery to Adopt Him Instead

May 04, 2022

Man Certain Rich Grandma Left Him a Large Fortune Finds Only a Note in Her Featherbed — Story of the Day

February 07, 2022