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Al and Karin Senstad and their son, Matthew, 8. Matthew suffers from Prader Willi syndrome, a genetic defect that causes a constant sense of hunger.

Hungry for a cure -- If left to own devices, Alexandria child would eat himself to death

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If Matthew Senstad had the chance, he would eat himself to death.

There are locks on his cupboards and locks on the refrigerator. If his parents, Al and Karin, or his sister, Marissa, forget to lock the locks, or accidentally leave food out, the 8-year-old boy shoves it in his mouth as fast as he can.

"It's a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week commitment," Karin said of Matt's constant need to be monitored.

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