Delhi teen becomes world’s heaviest to undergo weight-loss surgery

New Delhi: Once known to be the ‘world’s heaviest teen’, Mihir Jain, a resident of Uttam Nagar in West Delhi, successfully underwent a gastric bypass surgery.

Weighing a staggering 237 kg, Mihir said he feared death when he was admitted to a Saket hospital here.

“He came to me in a wheelchair in December 2017, weighing approximately 240 kg. He was in a very bad condition at that time. He could barely stand, and he showed all extreme signs of obesity. We were not sure if the surgery could be performed,” Dr B. Chowbey, the chief doctor overlooking the operation, told ANI.

While a body mass index (BMI) of 32.5 is considered to be a sign of obesity, Mihir’s BMI was recorded at 92 at the age of 14.

“I first realised about my condition when I was 6 years old. My classroom was located on the upper floors, so I became breathless while climbing the steps. My weight was approximately 60 kg at that time. I tried a lot of things, including medicine and diet, with no effect. So I left everything and my weight increased so much I was unable to give my final exams last year,” he said.

Mihir further noted that the decision to undergo surgery was taken after he was diagnosed with diabetes at 14.

At first, doctors were not confident to go through the bariatric operation. But the motivation of Mihir and his family support propelled the doctors to prepare him for operation. Mihir was thus put through a very low-calorie diet and reduced significant weight.

“By April, we were highly optimistic about his condition and prepared him for anaesthesia,” added Dr Chowbey.

Mihir underwent a successful surgery recently and his weight has now reduced from 237 kg to 165 kg.

“We hope, in 15-18 months, that his weight will drop below 100 kg and he should be starting school very soon,” said Dr Chowbey.

Meanwhile, the 14-year-old intends to start gymming and jogging to maintain his physique. (ANI)