March 14, 2019
Coimbatore : A Member of Parliament from Zimbabwe on Thursday invited the doctors from Gem Hospital here to come and train the doctors in his country in laparoscopy and robotic surgery.
Mr Williams K Mutomba MP, Buhera North Constituency ZANU PF Central Committee member of Zimbabwe, who had undergone laparoscopic and robotic surgery successfully for dysphagia and pain, told reporters that it was a miracle for him to walk within 30 hours of surgery.
He was suffering from hiatus hernia for many years and an open operation was done to correct this and acid reflux at a Zambian general hospital after opening abdomen making a lengthy incision down to pubis, he said..
However, operation became complicated, leading to severe pain and he was unable to eat for a year, Mutomba said.
As an MP of Zimbabwe, he was allowed to go to any country for treatment. On coming to know of GEM Hospital, Coimbatore, from a surgeon trained by the hospital he decided to seek treatment here and rest was history, he said.
As the previous surgery created lot of adhesion and obstruction in the food pipe junction with the stomach, laparoscopic assisted robotic surgery was successfully done to relieve the obstruction and correction of hiatus hernia, hospital chairman, Dr C Palanivelu said.
He is taking diet from the first day onwards after surgery and from the day of surgery he was relieved of pain, Palanivelu said.
Mutoba said that he was surprised to know that such complication can be corrected by laparoscopic surgery and invited the Gem doctors to come to his country and provide training to doctors there.