4-year-old boy is one of the youngest patients ever to undergo weight-management surgery.
In India, a
four-year-old boy was so fat his parents let surgeons at a clinic cut away 70
percent of his stomach, an procedure called a gastrectomy, in order for him to
him the youngest patient to undergo such an operation.
Khatau weighed 98 pounds (44.4 kilograms) in September last year.
to Daily News, his parents claimed that they tried everything to make him lose
weight, but it just didn’t work and he stayed hungry.
was big enough to fit into adult sized shirts, they were the only clothes that
fitted him at the time; his pants were the equivalent of a size 36.
said they had no other choice, their son was slowly dying and they had tried
many diets that didn’t work.
told them that this was their last hope.
He was born
a tiny baby, weighing as little as one kilogram, so his parents felt the need
to overfeed him so that he could pick up weight and grow to a normal size. They
said that at his first birthday he was a healthy weight for his age but only
six months later, he began struggling with obesity.
parents, Dipen and Henna, worried about his weight because he was having
trouble breathing and was only able to sleep for 10 minutes lying down, so they
halved his food portions but Rishi cried for more- often complaining that he
taking him to the doctor, he was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome; this
caused his body to stop burning calories. The doctor told them to put him on a
strict diet and encourage him to do exercises, that didn’t work.
member then told them about bariatric surgery, she had undergone that. She
claimed to have lost a lot of weight and said it was successful- she then
referred them to a doctor.
for the operation, Rishi is a much healthier boy who sleeps through a full
night, plays cricket and cycles with his friends. He is also on a healthy
eating plan and weighs round about 30 kilograms at the age of five.
you do if your four-year-old was clinically obese?