Kirsty Westerman, 22, from Leeds, lost more than half of her body weight following gastric bypass surgery under the care of Mr Jeremy Hayden at Spire Leeds Hospital.
Just over two years ago Kirsty weighed 27 stone and a GP told her she might not reach the age of 30 without drastic weight loss. “He also said it would be extremely difficult for me to get pregnant,” said Kirsty. “I knew it was time to do something about it.”
Since then life has changed dramatically for Kirsty. After having a gastric bypass at Spire Leeds Hospital, Kirsty lost 14.5 stone and recently gave birth to her son, Oscar. “This surgery has been life transforming for me,” said Kirsty, a former child carer, specializing in learning and development. “I always wanted to have children. If it wasn’t for the surgery this might not have been possible.”
Kirsty’s weight problems date back to her childhood. “I don’t think I overate, but I was always a big child and my mum and gran were also big,” said Kirsty “I tried to lose weight throughout my life but the pounds just continued to pile on.”
Then a visit to her doctor gave her the advice to find an appropriate solution for treatment. She decided to find out more about the weight loss options available to her and attended a weight loss forum at Spire Leeds Hospital.
In August 2011, she underwent a Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass at Spire Leeds Hospital as an NHS patient. Mr Jeremy Hayden, consultant Upper GI and Obesity Surgeon performed the procedure.