Neighbourhood News Desk/ Simran Nijhawan: Mihir Jain, 14, from Delhi, is the world’s heaviest teen to have undergone gastric bypass surgery. Boy, a resident of Uttar Nagar in west Delhi, was that heavy when his parents brought him to Max hospital Saket a few months ago for weight reduction surgery. He could barely stand. When weighed, the teen turned out to be a staggering 237kg. Dr Pradeep Chowbey, a veteran bariatric surgeon who operated on him, said Mihir is the world’s heaviest teen to have undergone gastric bypass surgery.
Mihir had a normal weight of 2.5kg when he was born in November 2003. But he gradually started gaining weight. By the time Mihir was five, he weighed 60-70kg, He stopped going to school after Class II and I had to teach him. The family had first sought medical help in 2010. But doctors at that said the boy was too young to undergo surgery. Dr. chowbey put the boy on very low calorie diet (VLCD) initially because he wasn’t confident of successful surgery. The biggest challenge in operating on an extremely obese person is in administering anaesthesia.