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Saifee Hospital to treat obese kids from Gujarat

NagpurVision – Even as Eman Ahmed has left Saifee Hospital, three children between the ages 3 and 7 have arrived from Gujarat for life-saving treatment. The three siblings all suffer from a genetic mutation that has resulted in acute obesity.

While the 7-year-old Yogita Nandwani tips the scale at 45 kg, her sister, 5-year old Anisha is even heavier at 68 kg, and 3-year-old Harsh weights 25 kg. The children’s father is a daily-wage labourer and can not afford the treatment the kids required. However, at one point he even had considered to sell his kidney to fund their treatment. Together, they eat enough food in a week to feed two families of four for a month.

The kids’ father Nandwana earns just Rs 500 a day, which barely pays for his children’s eating habit. He has taken out loans from family members that rack up to Rs 10,000. Their parents are so poor that the rest of the village pitches in to feed them. The neighbours have dubbed the morbidly obese children ‘sumo babies’. Two years ago, the kids were treated at an Ahmedabad hospital after which they shed some weight. However, since then, they have started gaining kilos again.

But the interesting thing is that, Dr. Muzaffal Lakdawala who helped once world’s most heaviest women Eman Ahmed to reduce her weight down from nearly 500-kg to around 250-kg in two months, has now planned to help the three siblings from the Gujarat village. According to Dr. Lakdawala, the cause of the Nandwana siblings’ obesity – a mutation in the leptin receptor protein (LEPR) gene – was revealed by a genetic marker test conducted in Gujarat. But currently there is no specific treatment for this condition. However, a drug called MC4R Agonist, only available through a pharmaceutical company in the US, could help Eman and the three children.

The children are most likely to be benefited by the equipment and room prepared for Eman’s treatment. Meanwhile, according to the reports, Saifee Hospital is expecting four more children – two from Maharashtra and two from Gujarat – to join the trio.




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