According to the New York Post on Thursday, the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports has published an article in which the three surgeons who performed bariatric surgery on a two-year-old boy – the youngest person in the world to ever have the surgery – detailed the story surrounding the case.
According to Mohammed Al Mohaidlya, Ahmed Sulimana, and Horia Malawib – the surgeons – the parents of the obese boy needed medical help for their son when he had sleep apnea which caused him to stop breathing when he slept. The parents sought assistance when the boy weighted 72 pounds and had a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 41.
After two futile attempts at dieting, the surgery was performed.
The child’s history includes weighing 47 pounds at only 14 months of age, and after four months of dieting he still gained 17 more pounds. He weighed 54 pounds when he was finally referred to an obesity clinic, when the obesity resulted in the sleep apnea as well as bowing of the legs. However, it wasn’t until the child’s weight increased to 72 pounds that the doctors decided the surgery was necessary.
The doctors performed a laparoscopic sleep gastrectomy on the patient which was the removal of the outer margin of the child’s stomach to decrease food intake – which left a banana-sized and shaped sleeve of the stomach. The surgery is not reversible.
The result has been that the young boy has lost 15 percent of his body weight in two months. Two years after the surgery, the boy had reached a normal range for his age – being 52 pounds and having a BMI of 24.
Since this is the first time the surgery has been done on a small child, the medical field is interested in seeing how the boy develops – as he’s a trend setter who has no track record to follow.