BOSTON (CBS) – Kayla Northam, a nurse at Faulkner Hospital, is aware of first-hand what can occur when sufferers with weight problems are hospitalized with coronavirus.
“These individuals are getting sicker, they’re within the hospital longer,” she instructed WBZ-TV. “Sadly, plenty of sufferers who move away, it’s due to their weight problems and different threat components.”
Weighing almost 300 kilos after faculty, she additionally is aware of what it’s prefer to dwell with that threat issue.
“I couldn’t stroll up a flight of stairs with out stopping to catch my breath,” she remembered. “They instructed me I in all probability wouldn’t be capable to conceive naturally.”
However at this time she’s a wholesome weight and mother to child Jonathan, because of bariatric surgical procedure at Massachusetts Basic Hospital. Kayla says the surgical procedure modified every thing about her life, together with her potential to work with Covid-19 sufferers with out worrying about her personal added threat.
“I’d be much more afraid than I’m,” she mentioned.
Kayla’s physician at Mass Basic, Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, says she’s seeing twice as many sufferers now as she did previous to the pandemic. A few of them are model new sufferers and others are sufferers who’ve lengthy resisted the thought of surgical procedure.
“Lots of them are stating that the explanation why they’re making that change actually has to do with Covid,” she mentioned.
Bariatric surgical procedure shouldn’t be a fast repair, however the weight reduction that outcomes can get rid of different threat components like hypertension and diabetes.
Kayla understands surgical procedure will be scary, however for her, the advantages have been life-changing.
“I don’t know if I’d have been the nurse I’m at this time, who’s bodily capable of do these issues to care for my sufferers and I wouldn’t have had my son, who I like very a lot.”