John Muthama: How weight-loss surgery changed my life

Mrs Muthama sitting next to her husband John inside their house at Waithaka in Dagoretti, Nairobi on June 6, 2019. PHOTO | KANYIRI WAHITO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • John Muthama became the first patient to have his stomach hived off to reduce weight in a public hospital.
  • Mr Muthama had been diagnosed with class III obesity.
  • The surgery the 66-year-old underwent to reduce his weight, where medics hived off a portion of his stomach.

He weighed more than 170 kilos and could not walk. But a procedure at Kenyatta National Hospital that removed part of his intestines has offered a glimmer of hope.

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