Daulatram Jogawat, an inspector with Madhya Pradesh police at whom columnist Shobhaa De had poked fun over his obese physical condition in a tweet, is undergoing a series of tests at a hospital here to determine the diseases he suffers from and if bariatric surgery could help him, a statement said.
“He is undergoing a series of tests at Saifee hospital right now, which will help us determine the diseases he suffers from and if bariatric surgery can help him. We will be soon reviewing his reports and post that we will be able to decide on a future course of action,” Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, chairman of Institute of Minimal Access Surgical Sciences and Research Centre, said.
“My team and I will ensure that the best medical treatment is given to him and hope that he should be on the road to recovery very soon,” Dr Lakdawala said.
Last week, poking fun at the police arrangements during Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the socialite had tweeted, “Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today,” with an image in which she incorrectly identified Jogawat as a personnel of Mumbai Police. As her tweet went viral, De got trolled by netizens.
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While reacting to this tweet, Jogawat had expressed displeasure saying his obesity was a result of hormonal disorder. “I am hurt with Shobhaa De’s tweet poking fun at me. I have put on weight due to hormonal disorder following my gall bladder operation in 1993,” Inspector Jogewat, who weighs around 180 kg had told PTI.
Following the controversy over De’s tweet, several hospitals had offered free treatment to the inspector. On hearing about his condition through the news, Dr Lakdawala reached out to him and offered to help by treating him.
“My dear friend I feel 4 u if u need medical help and think#bariatric surgery will help, pls count on me @MumbaiPolice even if u r 4om MP,” Dr Lakdawala tweeted.
In his official communication, he said, “As a doctor, I feel that it is my duty to help a patient in need, especially if it can improve his health and save his life. When I heard about Daulatram Jogawat’s condition I felt I could help him get his life back on track and hence reached out to him.” “When he reached out, I sent someone from my office to facilitate his request. I personally spoke with SP Manoj Singh and ACP Rajesh Sagar,” Lakdawala said.