The Belly of Boston

When the baby boy was born, he was fine and healthy, but though he ate ravenously of his mother’s milk, he began to lose weight. His swarthy complexion grew pale. He cried all the time with the pain of hunger. His parents brought him into the hospital and the doctors performed test after test, whatever tests they dared on a newborn infant. Finally, they found some kind of an anomaly in his blood work. They scanned him with a new type of imaging machine and concluded that something was abnormal about his digestive system, but they couldn’t quite figure out what. There wasn’t anything missing. There weren’t any abnormal masses or tissues or anything else that wasn’t supposed to be there. Except…except for a strange haziness that the scan showed in the area just above his stomach. A haze that the doctors could not explain.

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