Patient Success Stories
* "When I was 347 pounds, I couldn’t ride my bicycle more than 50 feet without getting out of breath. My health was quickly declining; my cholesterol was through the roof and I was at risk for diabetes and hypertension. After bariatric surgery, I’m happy, healthy and cycling more than 30 miles at a time. I’ve lost more than 120 pounds and I cross the finish line with more energy than I’ve ever had before!" - Doug
*After Kim had her first baby, she weighed in at 282 pounds. She was at risk for high blood pressure and diabetes and worried that her son would grow up to be ashamed of his mother instead of proud. Kim decided to undergo bariatric surgery so she could be around to raise her little boy.
Today, she’s lost nearly 140 pounds! Not only does she have the energy to run after her little boy, but she also has the energy to run races. She’s completed a 5K, a 15K and she’s training for a half-marathon!
Darlene and Ronald Flowers
* On their wedding day, Darlene and Ronald Flowers vowed to take on life together as a couple no matter what challenges came their way. But as an overweight couple they were having a difficult time enjoying the simple things in life. As parents and grandparents, it was tough to keep up with their eight children and 10 grandchildren. Together, they took on the biggest obstacle in their life. Both underwent bariatric surgery and have lost nearly 200 pounds combined. They’ve conquered their obesity, their health complications and are enjoying life to the fullest!
"I was so afraid I was going to die early. Now, I feel so much better. I feel like a new me. I’m just loving life and it has brought my husband and I so much closer." - Darlene Flowers
"I will never get back up to 350 pounds again. I love the way I am and my wife is happy with the way I am. We’re doing it together!" - Ronald Flowers
* At 270 pounds, BJ Cook says life was depressing. She says her health was deteriorating and was "sitting home waiting to die." She says she didn't want to go out in pubic and was "just existing instead of living." After having bariatric surgery at Memorial Hospital, BJ lost 120 pounds. She says the surgery helped her turn her life around. BJ says she's now living her life to the fullest, enjoying vacations, spending time with family and friends and moving with ease.
* Don Smith was the first patient at Memorial Hospital to undergo the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch in June of 2014. Since having the procedure, he has lost nearly 200 pounds!