From Surrey Mirror 16 April 2015 edition
Pub landlord David Stanley is back from the brink of death - after undergoing an operation to reduce his weight. Mr Stanley, who pulls many a pint at The Plough in St John's, Redhill, told how he has been given a second chance of life and can now plan for the future thanks to the vital surgery.
Not only has he dropped from 27 stone to 20 stone, but the 6ft former rugby player and boxer will very soon be off his medication for Type 2 Diabetes.
The publican, who is also a professional toastmaster, said: "Before Christmas, my GP told me if I didn’t do something about myself I would be dead. The lifestyle of a pub landlord – eating late at night, snatching quick snacks, and drinking beer – has put the weight on, but I knew I didn’t have the self-discipline to lose weight without surgery.”
In January he underwent a sleeve gastrectomy - a surgical weight-loss procedure in which the stomach is drastically reduced in size.
Since then, he said, he has had much more energy.
Mr Stanley, 67, has also started getting fit by walking, swimming and returning to his beloved hobby of gardening. He can now play with his young grandchildren without getting out of breath, and is even sleeping better.
Importantly, a recent check-up at his doctor's surgery confirmed that in a few months' time he can stop taking his diabetic medication.
He says he owers this transformation to the weight loss surgery team at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley, led by consultant bariatric surgeon Simon Monkhouse.
This month the team is celebrating the first anniversary of the weight loss service which has helped 58 people, including six men, in the past 12 months.
Mr Monkhosue said: "Surgery is not a magic fix. The patients have to work very hard themselves, both before and after surgery, but they are supported with psychotherapy, dietry advice and the hands-on care of our bariatric nurses. We are not going to make a dent in the obesity levels of the nation, but we will make a massive difference to individuals. Weight loss surgery will change their lives forever, and it can put diabetes into remission for good."
Meanwhile, Mr Stanley said he wants to get down to his "fighting weight" of 16 to 17 stone. He plans to travel abroad, and start a business in Frace - one of his favourite holiday destinations.