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ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich. -- Liam Hoekstra was hanging upside down by his feet when he performed an inverted sit-up, his shirt falling away to expose rippled abdominal muscles. It was a display of raw power one might expect to see from an Olympic gymnast.
Liam is 19 months old.
But this precocious, 22-pound boy with coffee-colored skin, curly hair and washboard abs is far from a typical toddler. "He could do the iron cross when he was 5 months old," said his adoptive mother, Dana Hoekstra of Roosevelt Park. She was referring to a difficult gymnastics move in which a male athlete suspends himself by his arms between two hanging rings, forming the shape of a cross.
Liam has a rare genetic condition called myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy, or muscle enlargement.
Now just imagine if scientists could figure out a way to harness this gene mutation for those afflicted with muscular disabilities---I'm betting that may happen in the future.
Originally posted by Helig
For some reason this story makes me think of Bean from the Ender's Game series given how quickly he developed. I do wonder about the long term effects of having such a drastic increase in muscle mass, given how some professional body builders must do nothing but eat and exercise in their spare time between contests otherwise their body starts consuming the muscle immediately.
Originally posted by MattMulder
haha, where did the parents hide the rocket in which they found him ?
Bet he will be a gold medallist at age 12. Good for him
Originally posted by TheAmused
Would you let your kid be touched and poked by doctor's to further science?
i bet 9 in 10 would not allow them to do extensive reasearch .
unless it was life threatening.