Daulatram Jogawat of Madhya Pradesh Police, who was fat-shamed by columnist and former best-selling author Shobhaa De on Twitter last month, is now in a forgiving state of mind.
Thanking De for her snarky tweet in which she had posted his picture and joked about "heavy police bandobast," Jogawat said that he was happy that the tweet led to his being able to come to Mumbai for treatment. De's tweet led to a backlash on social media, which gained in strength after it emerged that Jogawat was unnaturally obese because he suffered from a medical condition.
Jogawat then came to Mumbai after noted Mumbai doctor Muffazal Lakdawala, who was earlier in news for treating the world's heaviest woman, offered to treat him. He has undergone a banded Gastric Bypass Procedure in Doctor Lakdawala's clinic.
Gastric bypass surgery involves a reduction in stomach size and the rerouting of intestines. As a result, patients feel fuller after eating less food, absorb fewer calories and can lose up to two-thirds of their excess weight within a few years.
After undergoing surgery, Jogawat told Hindustan Times:
"It was because of her [De's] tweet that I got the opportunity to come all the way to Mumbai for treatment. Honestly speaking, my weight never came in between my duty because I was physically active and had the brains to solve crimes. I was fairly rewarded for my work."
Speaking with the Hindustan Times, Dr Lakdawala said that he was not going to charge Jogawat for surgery. "If the Madhya Pradesh government wishes, they can fund the cost of treatment but we are not charging the patient," he told HT.
Jogawat will be put on a strict diet regimen of liquids and vegetables for the next 18 months. During this period he is expected to lose up to 100 kilos.
The policeman was struggling with obesity because of an insulin imbalance that he had developed after undergoing a gallbladder surgery in 1993.
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