Russian girl sleeps for weeks without eating or drinking
Everything was going fine for Alexandra Metelkina up until a year ago. As with all loving parents, the new mother from the Russian town of Perwouralsk enjoyed watching her little angel sleep peacefully in her crib. But one day, her happy life was quickly transformed into a nightmare.
The day began like any other with her six-month-old daughter Anya bursting with energy. When Alexandra went to put her to bed after lunch, the little one became very quiet all of a sudden. At first, the young mother was happy that Anya went to sleep so easily.
But Alexandra started to worry when her daughter was still in a deep sleep several hours later. Anya would usually be woken up by any sound, no matter how quiet. Yet the young girl kept on sleeping through the day and night, not even waking up the following morning. Deeply concerned, Alexandra tried in vain to rouse her little one, but Anya wouldn't stir and slumbered on.
By now, the young woman was in a frantic state. Fearing her daughter had slipped into a coma, she called the emergency services. Though the doctor couldn't wake Anya from her sleep, he otherwise found her to be in good health; specialists examining her at the hospital also couldn't explain why she was in this condition.
A week later, Anya finally woke up as if nothing had happened. Further tests showed that there were no abnormalities, confirming she had a clean bill of health. Yet after mother and baby left the hospital, the same issue reappeared the following morning — the little girl wouldn't wake up!
Now almost a year later, the young family are regular visitors at the medical center. When awake, the girl is a bundle of energy. But as soon as Anya closes her eyes, she falls into a deep sleep. Sometimes, she even sleeps for weeks without eating or drinking anything. While sleeping for so long, her body temperature drops by a considerable amount. After waking up, she's red in the face, shivering, and running a high fever. Doctors are yet to find the cause of her hypersomnia.
Watch the following video to find out more about Anya's incredible story (in Russian):
Anya is officially suffering from "hypersomnia with an unknown cause." Though some of the symptoms are similar to those of Kleine-Levin syndrome, also known as Sleeping Beauty syndrome, the little girl hasn't been responding to any treatment. However, doctors are hopeful that Anya will be able to lead a normal life in the future. We wish Alexandra and her daughter all the best for the road ahead. Stay strong!