Delhi

To operate 237-kg 14-yr-old Mihir, doc needed special equipment to tear through one-feet-deep fat

Mihir was born with a weight of 2.5 kg. But as he grew he started growing more horizontal than vertical

The Hush Post: Here is a 14-year-old boy from Delhi who weighed close to 240 kgs when he had to go under the surgeon’s knife.

Mihir Jain is a resident of West Delhi. His doctor says, “When I saw him first, I wasn’t confident to operate upon him.
His parents brought him to Max hospital at Saket a few months ago for weight reduction surgery. He could barely stand for a second or two. The boy is in his early teens, was a staggering 237 kg. Dr Pradeep Chowbey, a veteran bariatric surgeon who operated on him, said Mihir is the world’s heaviest teen to have undergone gastric bypass surgery.

Mihir was born with a weight of 2.5 kg. But as he grew he started growing more horizontal than vertical.  He stopped going to school Class 2 onwards.

The doctor asked the boy to follow a very restrictive diet. He subsequently lost a good 10kg. I was happy to see their dedication and told them to continue the same diet for another 60 days which helped reduce the weight further to 196kg. Now loss of 41 kgs was quite encouraging.

“But then we realised that for more reduction of weight, surgery will be required and posted his case for operation in April,” Dr Chowbey said.
The biggest issue in operating on an extremely obese person is in administering anaesthesia. This happens because of presence of fat in the tongue, throat and neck which restricts the space to put a tube into the lungs.

Surgical manoeuvring inside the patient’s body was another difficulty. There were 10-12 inches of fat beneath the patient’s muscles which made operation impossible. Normal instruments aren’t that long or easy to manoeuvre so the doctors said they used longer instruments to reach the target.

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