Mystery Condition Makes Brothers Collapse at Sunset
Doctors in Pakistan are studying two brothers who seem in fine health during the day, but are unable to move when the sun goes down.
The school-age boys, 9-year-old Shoaib Ahmed and 13-year-old Abdul Rasheed, live near the city of Quetta. They have been called "solar kids" because of their condition.
Their father, Muhammad Hashim, says the boys lead a perfectly normal life during the day. But once the sun goes down, they go into a vegetative state. They are unable to walk, talk or even open their eyes.
"They can't eat or drink, nor get up or lay down," the father said. "But we are hopeful they will be okay by the grace of God," he added.
A team of 38 doctors has performed hundreds of tests on the boys in an effort to identify the possible cause of their condition. Pakistan's government is providing free medical care to their family.
Doctors have sent blood samples to researchers in other countries. They have also conducted tests on other family members. Researchers have gone to the boys' village to collect soil and air samples.
Doctor Javed Akram is with Pakistan's Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad. He said the nightly paralyzation of the boys remains a big mystery.
"What we have understood from research is that it happens when neurotransmitters in the brain suffer imbalance," he said.
Dr. Akram's team is currently working with doctors in five other countries to learn more about the condition. "They guide us a lot and we are moving forward together on this," he said.
The boys' father has a simple theory about what causes the condition. "I think my sons get energy from the sun," he said.
But doctors have already ruled out the possibility that sunlight is responsible. They note that the boys can move normally during the day even when kept in a dark room or during a storm.
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2.blood samples 血样
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4.go into 进入
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9岁的修艾布艾哈迈德和13岁的哥哥阿卜杜勒拉希德来自奎达附近的村落 。因身患怪病，他们被大家称为“太阳之子” 。
他们的父亲穆罕默德哈希姆表示，孩子们白天一切正常 。但是太阳落山之后，他们就进入了植物人状态 。无法走动、说话甚至睁开双眼 。
为了尽快找出病因，由38位医生组成的医疗团队对兄弟俩做了上百次的临床试验 。两人目前所有的治疗费用均由政府承担 。
医生已将采集的血样传送给海外专家 。他们还对其他家庭成员进行了检查 。研究人员还采集了其居住环境周边土壤及空气样本 。
阿克拉姆（Javed Akram）医生是伊斯兰堡医疗科学研究所的教授 。他表示，两个孩子入夜瘫痪的病症依然是个不解之谜 。
目前，阿克拉姆医疗团队正与其他五位国外专家一起研究这一怪病 。“他们提出很多有用的建议，我们也在不断取得进展 。”
但是医生已经推翻吸取太阳能量这一说法 。因为白天在阴暗的房间或者阴天时，两人也可以正常活动 。