The Schoolboy Who has to Run Triathlon to Stay Alive

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Jake Vella, eight year old, has become internet sensation. This kid is competing in triathlons and the cute pictures of this kid will drive your crazy.

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However, the story behind is not a happy one.

He has a rare condition that means he keeps gaining weight is fighting for his life – by competing in triathlons.he has a deadly hormonal illness that makes him pile on the pounds despite maintaining a healthy diet and regularly exercising.

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But no matter what he does, he will continue to get larger as a result of the condition – of which less than 100 people have ever been diagnosed.

Doctors are unsure how long he has left to live as no sufferer has ever managed to survive into their 20s.

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The condition can also lead to the development of certain tumours. In Jake’s case, It has caused one to grow on his back.

But in an effort to remain as healthy as possible and to try and fight the weight gain, he completes triathlons.

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Despite the judgemental looks he receives, he dreams of replicating the success of the Brownlee brothers, Team GB’s famous Olympic medallists.

‘All the other young athletes and their families are so supportive of Jake, and they are the first ones to cheer him across the finish line.

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‘Now we have shared Jake’s story on social media, people from all over have come forward to say how he has touched their hearts. We are so overwhelmed.’

Jake was diagnosed with ROHHAD, which causes sufferers to experience rapid weight gain, in 2015.

Jake’s trainer Matt Azzopardi said: ‘He is extremely positive and motivated and easily the most dedicated. He never misses a training session without valid reason and is constantly eager to train.

“Jake is very lovable and steals the heart of all who know him. It is sad and heart breaking to see what he has to go through. Jake was always included in the group and followed the same training and adapted as and when the need arises. Some alterations are necessary in order to meet his special needs such as having to stop and go to the bathroom or keeping an eye on his heart rate and ensuring he doesn’t get too hot. But I always tell him not to change, to keep going and to do his best. He is an inspiration for so many.” added his coach.


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