Mihir Jain can finally breathe properly after having gastric bypass surgery to help him shed the pounds
The ‘world’s heaviest teenager’ at 37 stone can finally breathe properly and walk unaided after kick-starting his weight loss journey.
Mihir Jain, 14, was addicted to fried food and his mum says he used to sit in bed all day eating.
He lost the ability to walk properly and was house-bound, even having to drop out of school for a while.
A doctor said he couldn’t even open his eyes as he reached an extreme stage of obesity.
Mihir’s situation made him feel frustrated and angry, and his family decided something needed to change.
He has now started to shed the pounds after having a gastric bypass in India, and he’s thought to be one of the youngest people in the world to have had the procedure.
Mihir has already dropped to 27 stone (172kg), just two months after the operation at Max Hospital, in Delhi, northern India.
The Marvel comics fan says he feels “wonderful”.
He said: “I used to get very angry and I was aggressive all the time, I had many problems.
“I couldn’t do normal every day things but I used to say to myself: don’t worry, you’ll do it some day. I used to tell myself to stay calm, you’ll get there some day.
“And I have reached that some day.”
Mihir weighed a normal 5lbs 5oz when he was born in November, 2003.
But by the time he reached his fifth birthday he had already grown to a whopping 12 and a half stone (80kg).
His mother, Puja Jain, 35, from Delhi, said: “We first realised he had a problem when he was five and the doctor told us he was obese and needed surgery.
“But he was too young so he gave him some medicine.
“That medicine had side effects which meant he lost energy and he became weak on his legs.
“As the years passed he just used to sit in his bed all day, eating.
“So he just kept gaining and gaining more weight.”
Even though Puja admits Mihir was always addicted to fried food she believes the medicine he was taking made him even more bed-bound than usual and consequently he gained even more weight.
He dropped out of school and was home-tutored, while his younger sister Nandani, 13, carried on with life.
Eventually Mihir lost touch with all his friends.
His typical vegetarian high-carbohydrate diet was full fat milk, fried potato and vegetable cutlets, rice and vegetable curry, lots of potato, ice cream, milky coffee and fizzy drinks.
Puja said: “He was very angry sitting in one place all the time.
“Every child wants to go here and there and spend time with friends, he was sitting in one place all the time so he was very frustrated.
“It was hard for me watching other children playing outside and going to school and my child was not.
“I had one child going out and one not, it made me feel very sad and useless.”
Eventually in 2013, Puja and her husband Rajesh, 37, went to see Dr Pradeep Chowbey at Max Hospital in Delhi, after her sister had successful bariatric surgery.
“I finally went to see the doctor in 2013 but Mihir was so big he couldn’t walk properly so I had to go without him,” she recalled.
“The doctor said he needed to see him but we couldn’t get Mihir out of the house at the time.”
Finally, five years later, Mihir made it to see Dr Chowbey in December 2017.
By that time he had reached an astounding 37 stone (237kg), with a height of 5ft 2ins (161cms), and suffered with diabetes, breathing issues and high blood pressure.
The doctor assured Mihir he could help him but he had to lose a little bit of weight on his own first.
Mihir was put on a high protein diet for three months and in April this year he had dropped to 197kg.
He said: “I was determined to do what the doctor suggested.
“And when I lost weight on my own it gave me the determination to keep going.
“I wasn’t even scared about surgery, I just wanted to do what was needed to get better.”
Dr Chowbey and his team performed a gastric bypass on Mihir on April 4, 2018, and it is believed he could be the youngest person in the world to have had the operation.
Mihir was in hospital for four days while on a liquid based diet before he was discharged and sent home.
Over the last two months he’s been eating soups, juice and soft food, and slowly he’s started walking more.
He’s already down to 27 stone (172kg) and says he’s looking forward to the day he’s a ‘normal weight’ and can return to school.
Mihir, who loves to play on his Play Station 4 and watch Netflix, said: “This was a chance for me. I was excited about what will happen.
“Each step has been a success so far, first the diet got results, then the surgery.
“Things have gone very well so far and for the first time in ages I am looking forward to the future.”