Philip Newton, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
On the 5th October 2011 I went for my Gastric Bypass operation, the operation was a huge success and I feel that the results speak for themselves. I have struggled with my weight all my life and after seeing a consultant cardiologist in January 2011 about chest pains I was given the all clear but was warned that it wouldn't last for ever and at 50 years old, 5ft 6½ and 21 stone I was a heart attack waiting to happen not to mention other possible medical conditions. The consultant cardiologist referred me to Colm O'Boyle and the rest, as they say, is history. It is now just over six months since the operation at the writing of this and I am just 3 weeks away from running my first half marathon with several other smaller races under my belt already and looking forward to running a full marathon here in Clonakilty by the end of the year. My only regret is that I didn't have the operation ten years ago; my quality of life has gone through the roof. I no longer have to ask for a seat belt extension when I fly, I can fasten my shoe laces without getting out of breath, I can get into the shower without first having to squeeze my stomach in followed by the rest of my body and even better I can wear clothes that look good and not just fit, my food bill has also dropped by about €75 per week. I no longer waddle down the road, I swagger with confidence and I have so much more energy I feel that I want to run every where. My two dogs are a lot happier as well, not to mention fitter.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary based on each patient’s physical health.
|Philip finishing his first marathon at 6 months after gastric bypass