His mother, Malan, underwent a bariatric or weightloss surgery, in which surgeons at Jupiter Hospital, Thane, removed a part of her stomach to create a new banana sized stomach or “sleeve”.
“I had swollen legs, could hardly breathe or sleep peacefully,’’ said Malan, who has since lost 17kg, and no longer needs a wheelchair.
“She is possibly the oldest patient to undergo bariatric surgery in Thane city,’’ said bariatric surgeon Dr Prashant Salvi. The doctor and the Gaikwads say they believe the lockdown due to Covid aggravated Malan’s health issues. “Till the lockdown was announced, I would be active in my home in Satara, cooking, walking to the market place and taking care of our pets,’’ she said. However, once the lockdown was announced, she was unable to step out.
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