Ghulam Abbas, an engineer by profession, had to take a very tough decision – either to live without a stomach or die from stomach cancer. He decided to have a plate of chicken biryani before getting his stomach removed.
Abbas noticed sudden weight loss and vomiting after which he decided to visit Rashid Hospital where he was diagnosed with stage three cancer. The test reports showed a large tumor in his stomach. After a long treatment, the doctors suggested his removal of the stomach.
Before going for surgery, he asked his doctor if he could have chicken biryani as his last meal before the surgery. The doctor allowed.
His wife cooked that biryani which his brother carried to the hospital. Abbas almost gorged into it.
He has two children, a one-and-a-half-year-old son, and a six-year-old daughter.
It was the most devastating decision, Abbas mentioned.
“I had to do whatever it looks to save my life,” he said.
“I did not want my children to grow up without my presence; I did not want to lose the opportunity to see their milestones, watch them laugh, even fight. I was not going to give up on my family and me. I just wanted to hold on to life,” said Abbas.
Gastric cancer is the fourth most common cancer worldwide.
The next day Abbas went into a five-hour surgery. The doctors removed the total stomach and the lymphatic drainage system from the root. They then reconstructed the whole area in such a way that the small intestine works as the stomach now.
The surgery went successful. The pathology report showed that the surrounding area was also free of cancer cells.
Abbas is still undergoing chemotherapy at the hospital.
How a person can live without a stomach?
Doctors say that our body is able to bypass the stomach’s main function of storing and breaking down food to gradually pass to the intestines. After the removal of the stomach, the person is required to consume food in small quantities which can move directly from the esophagus to the small intestine.”
Post the surgery, Abbas was on watery liquids only and then he was moved to thick liquids. He will soon start consuming solid food but in small portions.