FAT SHOCK: Boy, 4, gets gastric bypass and is the world’s youngest weight-loss Patient
Rishi Khatau weighed seven stone and was only four year’s old when doctors performed a gastric bypass and cut away nearly three-quarters of his stomach.
The young boy was born weighing just 3lb 9oz but rapidly began to gain weight and was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome – which means his body cannot burn calories properly and so hie weight continues to increase constantly.
Mr Khatu,39, said: “After the op, we saw a change in his sleep almost immediately. It makes me very happy that my son is getting his life back.
“He still has a craving for sweets, so we make him share his food, that way he’s having what he wants but only half the actual portion.”
Weight-loss surgery on children is considered only in rare and life-threatening cases.
Prada-Willi syndrome causes sufferers to constantly crave food, have reduced muscle tone, restricted growth and often extreme behavioural problems.
It is an extremely rare condition with about only one in every 15,000 children being diagnosed