Hawkers rally for a friend's weight loss surgery

Segway-like vehicles were also used by the police to keep an eye on the large crowd on Marina Beach.

A total of 46 vegetable and fruit sellers from a Kopri market contributed modest amounts to finance a co-seller's weight loss operation weighing 140 kg. With contributions ranging from £ 2,500 to £ 10,000, Vasant Kanade (51) managed to raise £ 1.43 and went under the microscope earlier this month. He has already lost 18 kg and his health problems such as breathing difficulties, sleep disorders and back pain have partially reduced.

With a monthly income of between £ 10,000 and £ 15,000, Mr. Kanade, the only earning member of his family, consisting of his wife and two daughters, had savings of only £ 25,000. “Because of my health problems, I would spend a lot of money on medication every month. It was at a point where I had difficulty managing household costs, ”said Kanade, a resident of Thane who decided after a television interview with a doctor about the procedure that he was considering the option of bariatric surgery to draw.

Vasant Kanade

Vasant Kanade

In September of last year he consulted the bariatric surgeon Dr. Manish Motwani of Astha Healthcare in Mulund, who gave him an estimate of £ 3.5 for the procedure. When the news spread on the market, other providers inquired about Mr. Kanade and offered small amounts due to his financial constraints.

“We have been friends for a long time and I have seen how he is concerned about health problems. He was always by my side when I needed him. This was my time to stand by his side, ”said Vilas Ambre, a greengrocer who contributed £ 2,500.

Another salesperson, Mahesh Kharpude, who contributed £ 3,000, said he had decided to help Mr. Kanade because of his "good heart". "He was concerned about taking money from us first. But we managed to convince him, ”said Kharpude. Sometimes Mr. Kanade is so sick that he can't walk because of swollen legs, he said.

Vaibhav Jadhav, a seller who contributed the highest sum of £ 10,000, said it was difficult to see a friend suffer like this. "He had high blood pressure and would have severe difficulty breathing," he said.

In the first week of February, Mr. Kanade underwent a gastric gastrectomy, in which the stomach was stapled to restrict food intake. "The operation went well and he already lost 18 kg," said Dr. Motwani. The hospital waived the remaining amount.

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