Joyrider wins ap­peals over jail sen­tence

Sur­geon’s warn­ing as cancer vic­tim has colon re­moved

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - Is­mail Se­bug­waawo. writes

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.

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