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Brit denied surgery, leaves India happy

He returned happy from India after being refused a vital surgery in Britain by the NHS as he was too overweight.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 19:05 IST

A Briton, who was refused a desperately-needed operation by the National Health Service (NHS) as he was too overweight, has returned home satisfied after undergoing the surgery in India.

David Rogers, 62, was told that he was too overweight for the double hip and knee replacements that he desperately needed. Weighing almost 140 kg, he was told that he was about 37 kg too heavy for the surgery.

He reduced his weight to about 115 kg but could not go beyond that. The surgery was required required as his heavy weight had made his joints immobile.

"I was in so much pain I couldn't lie in bed at night and had to sleep sitting in a chair. It was a vicious cycle because I couldn't do any exercise, so I struggled to lose any more weight," Rogers said.

His wife had seen a television programme about Britons flying to India for medical treatment. Further investigations led her to a website that offered people access to top-class medical treatment in India.

Two weeks later, Rogers flew to Bangalore for the first phase of major surgery, a reconstruction of the knee and hip on the right side, costing about 10,000 pounds.

"I can't speak more highly of the nurses and surgeons there. The treatment I received was first class," said Rogers.

After two lengthy, complicated operations, he recuperated at a nearby retreat, and returned recently.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 19:05 IST