Titi Wati, a woman who recently made headlines after asking the Indonesian government to help treat her morbid obesity, has successfully undergone an operation that should hopefully put her on the road to a much healthier weight.
Titi, who weighs 220 kilograms (previous reports, based on her own claim, put her at 350 kilograms, but medical professionals amended that number after weighing her), made headlines in the country earlier this month after she made a plea to her local government to help her lose weight. She said she was largely immobile and was only able to lie down on her stomach, with her family having to feed and clean her on a daily basis.
The local government thankfully heard her plea and agreed to fund her medical procedure. Yesterday, she underwent bariatric surgery at the provincial hospital in her hometown of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan.
“Titi Wati has now come to and is in the Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring for the next 24 hours. We pray that her condition improves and stabilizes after undergoing bariatric surgery,” Palangkaraya Regional Hospital Director Yayuk Indriarti said, as quoted by Antara yesterday evening.
“Doctors will also control the volume of her diet, until everything is stable and safe.”
The lead surgeon for Titi’s procedure, Dr Gede Eka Rusdi Antara, said that Titi’s stomach has already shrunk by up to 60 percent following the successful surgery. If she follows the advice of her doctors, Titi could lose 15 to 25 kilograms per month.
Previously, Titi said she has gained the bulk of her tremendous weight in the last seven years, during which her diet consisted mostly of gorengan (deep fried snacks), sugary soft drinks and other unhealthy foods.
Titi said she tried to lose weight by consuming slimming herbal drinks, which resulted in some weight loss initially, but wasn’t able to continually afford the drink and reverted back to her usual eating habits, leading to her current state.