A woman has slimmed her way into the record books by dropping an incredible 33 stone.
Amita Rajani, 42, from western India, weighed 47st 3lbs before her incredible transformation began in 2015. She now weighs just 13st 7lbs after becoming the heaviest Asian woman to have successfully undergone weight loss surgery.
Surgeon Dr Shashank Shah helped her battle the bulge with a series of procedures. The doctor is now in the process of getting her achievement registered in India’s Limca Book of Records.
Ms Rajani said:
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.
Rajani had a normal birth, weighing 6lbs and 9oz, but she started putting on weight at the age of six. At 16, she weighed 19st 11lbs and couldn’t perform basic daily activities, per the Mirror.
Specialists from India and the UK were unable to find the exact cause of her obesity. It is believed she piled on the pounds as a result of a rare condition.
Amita’s misery continued as she gained weight to 47st 3lbs over the next decade – and was soon unable to step out of the house.
Her family were worried as she would require constant assistance. For eight years before her surgery, she was confined to bed. She was referred to Dr Shah who suggested bariatric surgery.
She was diagnosed with super morbid obesity, high cholesterol, kidney dysfunction, type II diabetes, and breathing problems.
Doctors decided to divide her surgery into two stages. In 2015, she underwent first stage metabolic surgery which was a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy.
Later, her condition started improving and she lost a lot of weight and could walk on her own. In 2017, a second surgery – gastric bypass was performed on Amita, who weighed 22st then.
Dr Shah said:
Obesity is next to cancer or HIV, and is the mother of all diseases and is more common in women compared to men.
Today, after four years of surgery, she is free from health issues like diabetes and blood pressure.
Her kidneys are functioning normally, and she has been asked to stick to her diet as well.
Amita’s mother, Mamta Rajani, told of her difficulties in raising her and her joy at Amita’s weight loss.
I faced a lot of difficulties while taking care of Amita. I can’t even put it in words how much painful and appalling it was to see my daughter in such an unpleasant condition.
Amita couldn’t move at all so I used to help her do chores like, changing clothes and serving her food as she couldn’t take it by herself.
But, finally our prayers were heard and Amita is back in shape now.
She credited Dr Shah as a knight in shining armour for the family.
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