Diabetes doesn’t discriminate by age; it can strike anyone, at any time.
One poignant example of this harsh reality comes from the story of a 21-year-old man named Mahathir, who recently faced a life-altering challenge when he lost one of his legs to diabetes.
Underwent amputation operation this year
A powerful video shared by the TikTok account @kedidi_kapikalsu has brought Mahathir’s story to light, showcasing the unpredictable nature of diabetes.
Just one week before the start of Ramadan this year, he had to undergo the amputation of his left leg, a consequence of his daily consumption of a local brand of carbonated water after school.
Drink too many carbonated drinks
Mahathir attributed his diabetes diagnosis to his daily indulgence in a local brand of carbonated water, a habit he had formed after returning home from school.
The consequences of his sugary indulgence were devastating, ultimately leading to the loss of his limb.
When asked about his initial feelings after the amputation, Mahathir expressed his frustration at the limited mobility and the challenges it posed to his work life.
Before his medical ordeal, Mahathir had been employed at the McDonald’s Jalan Tun Perak restaurant in Masjid Jamek for a commendable one year and six months.
Despite these overwhelming setbacks, Mahathir remains resolute. He hopes to return to work if circumstances permit, but he’s also open to exploring new ways to make a living.
In a heartwarming display of support, Kedidi Kaki Palsu, a Malaysian company stepped in to lend a helping hand. They offer free prosthetic legs to amputees from less fortunate backgrounds.
The TikTok community responded to Mahathir’s story with encouragement and admiration for his resilience.
One user commented, “He’s still smiling; may he enjoy good health.”
Another wrote, “At just 21, he’s faced this challenge. He has a long journey ahead. We wish him the very best. My advice: cut back on sweet and fizzy drinks.”
Another user suggested, “Sugar and processed foods are the culprits.”
As of now, the video has garnered an impressive 1.6 million views and 43,000 likes, touching hearts worldwide.
You can watch the full clip here: