The recent Christchurch earthquakes have given rise to many stories, mostly of fear and loss. So it was pleasing to hear that one of our patients not only survived the earthquake but credits her laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as the reason. Bianca (not real name) was sitting in her lounge when the February quake hit; she only had seconds to make it outside. Whilst running through the door she heard the roof collapse behind her and immediately knew how close she was to being crushed by the weight of the tiles falling through the ceiling. “There was no way I could have moved so quickly a year ago” she says. “I would have been crushed as I sat trapped on the couch. My surgery saved my life!” Bianca had a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy last May and has lost 65kg so far.
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