Joyrider wins appeals over jail sentence
Surgeon’s warning as cancer victim has colon removed
A surgeon is urging people aged 40 and over to consider having regular colonoscopies after he had to remove the entire colon of a patient in a rare procedure.
Dr Moni Suseelan, a surgeon at Aster Hospital in Dubai, performed a procedure known as total colectomy using keyhole surgery on a 44-yearold patient named Sameer. The patient had cancer and the whole colon was removed to prevent the cancerous cells spreading.
The colon is part of the large intestine, which is the last part of the digestive system.
It re-absorbs fluids and processes waste products from the body.
Suseelan said the procedure is considered rare and can usually be avoided if the patient seeks help at an earlier stage, meaning only a part of the colon would be removed.
“It is possible for a patient to live without a colon but he would have to pass stool more often each day,” he said.
“The patient came to us with complaints of severe fatigue and being unable to carry out the most basic daily activities,” the doctor explained. “His colon was covered with polyps, which is a flesh-growth on the colon and is cancerous. There were more than 100 polyps growing on his colon. “In his case, it was best to remove the colon because of the wide growth of polyps all over his colon and there was the danger the disease could have spread. “Everyone aged 40 and above needs to get colonoscopies once a year. “The disease doesn’t have any gender preference - it could develop in males or females.” After removing the colon, the patient’s rectum and ileum were connected so he can continue passing stool normally. However, Suseelan said even though the patient would be able to pass stool normally, it would be more frequently than usual.
The patient, Dubai-based Algerian interior designer Sameer (left), said: “I was suffering from this pain for years and years.
“I always had an irritated bowel syndrome, but the last few months the pain increased and became unbearable.
“I still remember it was my son’s birthday in February that I had to go to the hospital and I just collapsed there.
“Now, after having my colon removed, there are some days where I go to pass stool three times a day and sometimes four.
“As for my food, I’ve been instructed to avoid foods that contain fibre because that will produce more stool.”
In 2013, the Health Au t h o r i t y Abu Dhabi (HAAD) announced that colon cancer had become the second most common type of cancer in the capital with the average age of incidence of the disease being 54. A young man who stole a car and went on a two-hour joyride with friends has had his jail sentence reduced to three months,
Court documents stated that the car owner phoned police after realising his vehicle had vanished from an Abu Dhabi street. Police checked CCTV cameras in the area which showed the Asian man, in his early 20s, making off with the car. Police traced and caught the joyrider with friends about two hours later, still driving along in the car. Police charged the man and his two friends with stealing a car. He denied the charge of theft, claiming he wanted to have a ride with friends - and then return the car to the owner. Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance had earlier sentenced him to one year in jail after he was found guilty of theft, to be followed by deportation. His sentence was cut but the deportation order remains. The two other men, who were originally sentenced to three months in jail, were cleared on appeal yesterday.