Anna Furniss’ story appeared in CLOSER magazine this week.
Anna lost 19st after an extreme gastric operation and is now saving up so her daughter can have the same operation.
By age 30, mother of two Anna was 31st and size 36. Her health began to seriously deteriorate suffering from hernias and asthma because of her weight. In desperation she searched online and found a form of extreme surgery called a ‘duodenal switch’ that involved removing three-quarters of the stomach, so patients could only eat small portions for life.
She had the operation despite the extreme risks and soon enough the weight began to drop off. She had a new lease on life doing things she no longer could even if it was something simple such as playing with her children. She now weighs 12st after losing 19st because of the operation and she’s never been happier.
Unfortunately, her eldest daughter Emily is following in the same footsteps as her mum and is obese. At age 16 Emily is 16st and a size 22 – the same her mum was at that age. Emily has also tried dieting and, like with Anna, although she might lose a bit of weight at first, it always piles back on.
This is why mum Anna has decided that it is best for Emily to have the same £10,000 gastric surgery she has had. Anna says, “Obesity runs in the family. I needed an operation to cure me and she needs the same. Being slim changed my life. I want Emily to feel the same.”