Woman loses 400 pounds thanks to Gastric Bypass
Just 21-months ago, Jackie weighed 627-pounds. She was bedridden and could barely move.
Now she's celebrating her 400-pound weight loss with family and friends.
Jackie had high hopes after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in Virginia in August 2004, but serious complications put Jackie back in the hospital for 16-months. Trouble with absorption, diarrhea and very rapid weight loss.
After several infections and nine days in a coma, doctors at UNC Hospitals performed a second surgery. They maintained the small pouch and bypassed some of the small intestine, but reversed some of the bypass that she had.
As a result, Jackie is now out of the hospital and getting stronger. Her friends are cheering her one.
Jackie's progress is being featured in a special on the Discovery Health Channel. She hopes people will see the show and know there's always hope. "At 600 pounds you don't believe that there's anyway out," Jackie said. "You just assume that that's your lot in life and that other people might get well, and your recovery is impossible. But now I'm here to testify anybody can do it."
Jackie says she plans to have more surgeries in the future to remove excess skin and maybe a face lift.