Doctors Baffled By Boys Paralyzed As Soon As The Sun Sets

The mystery of the brothers who become paralyzed as the sun goes down every night remains unresolved, intriguing all around them, including doctors.

Doctors in Pakistan are mystified by the case of two brothers who have come to be known as the "solar kids."

Each night, two brothers in Pakistan, Abdul Rasheed, 9, and his brother Shoaib Ahmed, 13, suddenly become unable to talk, move, eat or drink as soon as the sun goes down. They collapse into a vegetative state, completely paralyzed.

Javed Akram, a professor of medicine at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, says that he had no idea what causes the symptoms.

“We took this case as a challenge. Our doctors are doing medical tests to determine why these kids remain active in the day but cannot open their eyes, why they cannot talk or eat when the sun goes down.”

The father, Mohammad Hashim, comes from a village near Quetta. He and his wife are first cousins and two of their six children died at an early age. Their other two children have not displayed any unusual symptoms. His simple explanation is, "I think my sons get energy from the sun," he said.

However, doctors don't think sunlight has anything to do with the brothers' ailment. They move around fine during the day even if they are in a dark room, physicians said.

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