Gastric Bypass Surgery for Boy of 4
A boy of four, believed to be the youngest person in the world to have weight-loss surgery, has lost 13kg (2st) six months after his operation.
Rishi Khatau had ballooned to 44kg (7st) and was wearing large adult T-shirts and 92cm (36in) waist trousers when doctors performed a gastrectomy – where they cut away nearly three-quarters of his stomach.
The surgery has the same effect as a gastric band and doctors took the decision to carry out the £3,000 operation only after Rishi failed to shed weight on an enforced diet and exercise regime.
But having been forced to ditch his favourite jalebi treats – a coil of batter coated in syrup – for a semi-solid diet of soup and juice, he’s finally shedding the pounds.
And he is keeping the weight off by playing cricket and cycling with friends.
Mrs Khatau, of Kolkata, India: said: ‘I don’t think we were to blame by giving him food.
‘He’d beg and beg for more food. He never felt satisfied with his meals, it baffled us.’
His 39-year-old father 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.’