Gastric band surgery performed on youngest ever patient

31st May 2011

A ten-year-old boy who weighed in at 20 stone has become the youngest ever person to undergo gastric band surgery.

Ksithijj Jindger has enjoyed high-calorie, fattening treats throughout his childhood, as his parents did not know how to control his weight.

He was eight stone at the age of three, 14 stone by five, and he just continued to grow. When he hit his heaviest weight, his parents decided to take the drastic step to pay for weight loss surgery, the Daily Mail reported.

The schoolboy, who lives in a wealthy suburb of Chennai, India, has now shed nine stone, making him a more reasonable 11-stone.

His mum, who has not been named, told the news provider: "He looks like a completely different boy now. He has grown up and yet he is half the size. He can play cricket with his friends now and he has started going to the gym."

Last year two 14-year-old boys became the youngest people in the UK to undergo gastric band surgery after ballooning to 18-stone, twice the average weight for their age.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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