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Mahim resident Aarti Bedi, 32, who weighed 198 kg, suffered an acute asthma attack in July. For Bedi, who is also mentally challenged, the attack turned life-threatening due to her excessive weight.

mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2011 01:28 IST
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Mahim resident Aarti Bedi, 32, who weighed 198 kg, suffered an acute asthma attack in July. For Bedi, who is also mentally challenged, the attack turned life-threatening due to her excessive weight.

Bedi is now 10 kg lighter after undergoing a sleeve gastrectomy, a procedure used to treat obesity, at Bombay Hospital. “I am feeling good,” she said on Friday.

“As a result of this surgery, she will eat less and feel full. The surgery is expected to bring her weight down by around 100 kg within a year. With reduced weight she will be able to tolerate her asthma better,” said Dr Ramen Goel, bariatric and weight loss surgeon, who performed the surgery on August 13.Doctors removed two-thirds of her stomach, which has left her with a banana shaped stomach. “I am hoping that my daughter will reduce the excess weight after this surgery,” said Meena.

Bedi’s younger sister Sarika said that Bedi’s weight had rendered her immobile. “In the last six months she gained almost 40 kg. Due to her mental condition, she was unable to tell us if she was getting an asthma attack. This time, we figured that she was suffering an attack only after two days,” said Sarika.

Bedi had to be rushed to hospital on July 18. However, lifting and bringing her to the hospital was not easy. “There is no lift to our building. We had to take help of nearly 20 people to bring her down from our third floor flat to the ambulance,” said Bedi’s mother Meena.

“When the patient reached the hospital her carbon dioxide level was more than 90 % when it should normally be below 40 %. She was rushed to the intensive care unit and put on a ventilator,” said Dr Goel.

“Since the patient weighed around 200 kg, she may not have survived another asthma attack. Therefore it was decided to get her weight down,” said Dr Kapil Salgia, a chest physician.

Bedi was brought to a stable condition with a diet and physiotherapy and made to lose almost 10 kg, a precondition for the operation under general anaesthesia.

First Published: Aug 20, 2011 01:27 IST