BOSTON (CBS) – Kaya Northam, a nurse at Faulkner Hospital, is aware of first-hand what can occur when sufferers with weight problems are hospitalized with coronavirus.
“These persons 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 danger elements.”
Weighing almost 300 kilos after school, she additionally is aware of what it’s wish to dwell with that danger issue.
“I couldn’t stroll up a flight of stairs with out stopping to catch my breath,” she remembered. “They instructed me I most likely wouldn’t have the ability to conceive naturally.”
However as we speak she’s a wholesome weight and mother to child Jonathan, due to bariatric surgical procedure at Massachusetts Normal Hospital. Kayla says the surgical procedure modified every little thing about her life, together with her means to work with Covid-19 sufferers with out worrying about her personal added danger.
“I might be much more afraid than I’m,” she mentioned.
Kayla’s physician at Mass Normal, 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.
“A lot of them are stating that the rationale why they’re making that change actually has to do with Covid,” she mentioned.
Bariatric surgical procedure will not be a fast repair, however the weight reduction that outcomes can eradicate different danger elements like hypertension and diabetes.
Kayla understands surgical procedure could be scary, however for her, the advantages have been life-changing.
“I don’t know if I might have been the nurse I’m as we speak, who’s bodily capable of do these issues to maintain my sufferers and I wouldn’t have had my son, who I like very a lot.”