A WIGAN woman who lost 22 stone following a gastric bypass is set to star in a new TV show in which she bravely reveals the three stone of excess skin she had removed and a two stone lump of fluid.
Pauline Gibbons, 49, from Tyldesley once weighed 40 stone, but following life-saving surgery she is now down to 18 stone and will feature in the Channel 4 show, ‘My Baggy Body’ due to be aired on Monday.
Pauline lived with the uncomfortable lump – which she had initially ignored despite worrying it could be cancerous – for more than a decade, and had even given it the nick-name Fred.
But now she is free of the extra bulk and says she is feeling fabulous. She also underwent a tummy tuck to tighten the skin which had been stretched by her size, and had a hernia repair – both of which have drastically improved Pauline’s quality of life.
Pauline, who was left virtually housebound before the operation at the Spire Hospital in Manchester in 2011, said: “I’d buried my head in the sand about it. Everything became an effort.
“People were doing my shopping for me and asking ‘do you really need all that?’ and I’d say yes, I want that chocolate, and I want a family bar of it which I am going to eat all to myself.
“I had no self-control over food. I couldn’t put the brakes on. It was like a rollercoaster which I couldn’t get off.
“The more depressed I got, the more I became convinced my salvation was in a packet of chocolate biscuits.”
As well as affecting her independence, the weight also seriously affected Pauline’s health. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and put on medication for high blood pressure.
A life-threatening scare when she suffered a pulmonary embolism – a blockage of the main artery to the lung - followed in 2006, when she admits: “I didn’t think I was going to make it.”
But it was another health scare which eventually led to her undergoing the weight loss procedure after she finally sought GP advice on the lump which had been developing in her stomach for several years.”
My Baggy Body is on Channel 4 on Monday January 20 at 10pm.