Asia’s heaviest woman sheds 214 kgs after rare surgery

Chennai May 15

The heaviest Asian woman Amita Rajani 42, resident of Vasai, Palghar district, Maharashtra, who pre-operatively weighed 300 kgs (maximum weight), has shrunk to 86 kgs, four years after a successful weight loss surgery.

Dr. Shashank Shah, a noted bariatric surgeon and founder of LaparoObeso Centre, at Lilavati Hospital and Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital, Mumbai, helped her battle the bulge.

As a child Amita was a normal baby, weighing 3 kgs. But at the age of 6, she started putting weight rapidly. At 16, she was a massive 126 kgs and couldn’t perform day to day activities with ease.

This took a toll on her self-esteem too. Even leading endocrinologists from India and from the UK, were unable to find the exact cause of obesity.Amita’s misery continued as she piled up whooping 300 kgs, and was unable to step out of the house.

Amita would need oxygen support intermittently owing to breathing issues. Also, she was given special nursing care with the help of 100’s of towels. For eight years before the surgery, she was confined to bed.

She visited DrShashank Shah, at Laparo Obeso Centre, at Lilavati Hospital and Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital, Mumbai.Amita was not just diagnosed with super morbid obesity but also deranged cholesterol, kidney dysfunction, type II diabetes, and breathing problem.

According to hospital sources, she was put on an exclusive diet, and a special bed, clothes and a weighing machine was arranged for her.  Her surgery was divided into two stages. In 2015, she underwent 1st stage metabolic surgery which was a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy at LOC. Later, her condition started improving and she lost oodles of weight and could walk on her own.

In 2017, a second surgery- gastric bypass was performed on Amita at LOC, who weighed 140 kgs then. So with these 2 metabolic treatments and her efforts, she lost weight.

Dr. Shashank Shah, a renowned bariatric surgeon and founder of LaparoObeso Centre, at Lilavati Hospital and Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital said “Obesity is next to cancer or HIV, and is the mother of all diseases and is more common in women compared to men.

Significant abdominal obesity can give rise to chronic life-threatening disorders like cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.” AmitaRajani stated, “Earlier, I was bed-ridden but I am independent now, and can move freely after battling the bulge.  I can wear clothes of my choice and live life the way I want to. I’m on cloud 9 and would like to thank Dr. Shah for helping me cut down those excess kilos.”

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