| M.C. Mary Kom at the Shija Hospitals and Research Institute in Imphal on Tuesday. Picture by UB Photos |
Imphal, Sept. 10: Five-time world champion and Olympic boxing bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom underwent a surgery to remove gallstones at Shija Hospitals and Research Institute here this morning.
Dr Sorokhaibam Jugindro, who led the medical team that conducted the keyhole surgery, told The Telegraph that Mary was fine and recovering “very effectively”.
He also said the surgery would not affect her boxing career. “In fact her performance will improve as an ailment is cured,” he said.
Doctors removed 26 small stones and the gallbladder during a 40-minute surgery.
Mary, a mother of three, who is taking time off from the rings after the birth of her third son four months ago, complained of severe pain in the upper abdomen yesterday and consulted a doctor.
Following the doctor’s advice, she got an ultrasound test done at Babina Diagnostic Centre, Imphal, yesterday morning before coming to Shija Hospitals.
“The ultrasound results showed several stones inside her gallbladder and we advised her immediate surgery to avoid complications. The surgery has been successfully conducted and it lasted for 40 minutes,” Dr Jugindro, who is also the president of the Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India, Eastern Region, said.
He said the gallbladder wall had thickened because of infection.
Mary Kom is preparing to compete in the next Olympics and fight for gold. This is the third surgery for the boxer.
She had delivered her twin sons and also the third son through caesarean sections.
“The first thing Mary Kom said after regaining consciousness after the surgery is that she was fine and wanted to see her youngest son Prince Chungthanglen Kom. She then breastfed her son,” the managing director and chairman of the hospital, Kh. Palin, said.
Mary takes her son along wherever she goes to attend programmes.
Her husband, Onkholer Kom, said apart from breastfeeding, Mary never gives any food supplement to Prince Chungthanglen.
She chose Shija Hospitals as she thinks it is the best in Manipur, the doctors said, quoting Mary.
After the surgery she expressed gratitude to the doctors and medical staff of the hospital for taking care of her.
The doctors, however, declined to allow press interview of the boxer to allow her rest and spend time with her family in the hospital ward.
Dr Jugindro said Mary would be discharged tomorrow and could return to normal activities after seven days.