Crowd funding helps Aurangabad woman to overcome obesity

Zeenath is suffering from genetic obesity; like 60% of obese patients, and such patients cannot lose weight just by lifestyle modifications. They need medical intervention. She will undergo sleeve gastrectomy wherein her stomach size will be reduced by 80 per cent and weight fall by 70 to 80 kg in a year

For 38-year old Zeenath Kausar Khan, 15 March is going to be a special day. After months of her fight to get a surgery done for obesity, the Aurangabad resident’s dream will come true on Wednesday.

Crowd funding helps Aurangabad woman to overcome obesity
Zeenath who is currently admitted at Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospitals had initiated a crowd funding campaign to generate finances for her own weight-loss surgery, in the first week of March

Zeenath, a graduate, had to quit her teaching job due to obesity. With her husband who barely earns Rs 3,000 a month and with two kids (a 7-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter) to feed, Zeenath didn’t know how to tackle this problem as she kept gaining weight.

“She started gaining weight since 1999. She had breathlessness, back pain, neck pain complaints along with uncontrolled hypertension,” said Dr Ramen Goel, Bariatric Surgeon and Director, Center of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery, Wockhardt Hospitals who is going to operate on her tomorrow.

While Zeenath tried taking help of local politicians and NGOs it did not help her much, she then decided to go for crowd funding.

Zeenath who is currently admitted at Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospitals had initiated a crowd funding campaign to generate finances for her own weight-loss surgery, in the first week of March. Her body mass index (BMI) is 58.8 which puts her in the category of super morbidly obese. The campaign called “Help Zeenath Khan undergo a bariatric surgery” quickly went viral and collected Rs 1.5 lakh through offline and online donations.

“Zeenath is suffering from genetic obesity; like 60% of obese patients, and such patients cannot lose weight just by lifestyle modifications. They need medical intervention. She will undergo sleeve gastrectomy wherein her stomach size will be reduced by 80 per cent and weight fall by 70 to 80 kg in a year,” shared Dr Goel.

He said the hospital has decided to waive off the admission and surgical charges for Zeenath. “Bariatric surgery and subsequent weight loss will make her an earning member and she can contribute to her family,” said Dr Goel.

According to the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorder, around 14,000 people undergo weight loss surgery in India every year. Obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, are some of the leading causes of preventable death.

This is link for her campaign  https://milaap.org/fundraisers/help-zeenath-khan