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Monday, August 12, 2013

Test results of ‘fire baby’ Rahul expected today

The bizarre phenomenon of Rahul, a two-and-half-month-old boy erupting in flames spontaneously may receive some closure today! Doctors treating the infant are expecting his test results which may provide some insight into how and why Rahul went up in flames. Hailing from a village near Tindivanam, the little one is under medical intervention for severe burn injuries at Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital since Friday. Doctors are mulling over the possibility of Rahul suffering from spontaneous human combustion (SHC), a rare condition in which the burns may be due to fire ignited by combustible substances emitted from the body of the child. Though the initial test results of blood and urine samples were normal, doctors have sent sweat swabs, blood and urine samples to a private laboratory to test for abnormalities metabolic functions. "SHC is a hoax theory. A baby catching fire spontaneously is not possible," said burns specialist at KMC Dr J Jagan Mohan. "Alcoholics have a very small

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