An obese man, Noor Hassan, who arrived at a private Lahore hospital last month for medical assistance, has passed away while under treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The resident of Sadiqabad had a successful surgery for weight loss about 10 days ago and his health condition was being monitored at the ICU. He was facing difficulty in breathing and was on liquid diet. Media sources said that commotion erupted in the hospital, after a child died during delivery, which led to the death of Noor.
Relatives of the patient claim that he died because of a cardiac arrest.
On directive of Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the obese taxi driver was airlifted on a Pakistan Army helicopter from Sadiqabad to Lahore for weight loss surgery on June 19.
The poor man, weighing 330kg, had made an appeal on social media to the army chief for help to get him treated as because of his excessive weight he could not travel in an ambulance by road and needed to be airlifted.
Rescue personnel had to break the main door and wall of his house to get him out. The 55-year-old had been transported on a mini truck to a football ground in the city from where the air ambulance had brought him to Lahore.
He was treated at the private hospital of Lahore that has conducted several successful bariatric surgeries since 2017, when Muhammad Naveed, 42, underwent the surgery and reduced his weight from 360 kg to 210 kg.
In January this year, Dr Muaaz performed a successful surgery on 37-year-old Indian woman. The woman has reduced her weight from 150 kg to 80 kg.
Bariatric surgery causes weight loss by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold.