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.
His father Dipen, a textile trader, said: ‘We had no other way of saving our son. He was slowly dying and surgery was our last hope.’
When his weight hit its peak Rishi suffered sleep apnoea due to breathing difficulties and had to be carried to the school bus by his mother Henna, 34, as he could not walk.
Born weighing just 1.6kg (3lb 9oz), Rishi’s weight rocketed because he suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome – which means his body cannot burn calories properly.