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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! Did you know that there is a disease that can cause you to randomly burst into flames? I had no idea but it's apparently a real thing. This seems like something straight out of a Fantastic 4 film, but the only difference is that the burns actually cause damage. One of the few people to suffer from the disease is baby Rahul from India who started bursting into flames at the age of nine years. Read on.


According to the Times India, a baby by the name of Rahul has been randomly bursting into flames since he was nine days old. Many of the people thought that it was his parents' ill-doing but after careful examination it was found that the baby suffered from spontaneous human combustion (SHC). The 3 month old baby burst into flames four times already and is now hospitalized and being treated for his extensive burn injuries. It was advised that the parents keep a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher near his bed at all times in the case of a fire.


The head of pediatrics at the Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) Hospital calls this case the "rarest of rare occurrence." In SHC cases, combustible gas is apparently excreted from the body, and the tiniest spark (the paper cites static electricity generated by silk fabric as an example) can start a fire. Rahul's parents will be taught how to raise the baby so he's less likely to combust, doctors say. "We have to teach them to avoid sending the child out in the sun and specify the kinds of clothes he can wear when he grows up," explains one, adding that "matchsticks, crackers, or anything that can catch fire should not be kept near him.

This is a really sad on one hand but really weird and cool on the other. I think that randomly bursting into flames is the closest thing to a super human power. If his body was immune to the burns then it would have been really awesome. But it's horrible that he has to suffer every time he catches fire. Some people just have it hard. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.