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article imageObese Man Lost 430 Pounds to Save His Own Life

By Leo Reyes     Jan 2, 2009 in Health
A 37-year old man who was told by his doctor that he has only a year to live if he remains obese, went through with an operation, lost 430 pounds and is now happy with his life.
A man weighing 640 pounds underwent a gastric by-pass surgery to save his own life. Ernesto Suncar, 37 year old New Yorker lost 430 pounds after undergoing surgery and after he was told by his doctor that he may die within a year.
Realizing it was a choice between losing weight and dying; he opted to undergo gastric by-pass surgery and lost two thirds of his former weight. Suncar has tried every imaginable diet but failed.
‘I want people to feel inspired when they look at me. Hopefully, if they have a weight issue, they will finally do something about it, starting right now. Losing this weight saved my life. Without this operation, I doubt I would be here to celebrate New Year. It’s scary, I think that might have happened’ said the business management student who came to New York when he was seven year old from his native Dominican Republic.
‘I was normal, active kid who used to run and play outdoors in the tropical climate, he recalls. When we moved into small apartment where it was cold, I stayed inside and didn’t get any exercise. The only game I played was a video game’, he added.
Daily News reported :The gastric by-pass operation was performed by Dr. Elliot Goodman, chief of bariatric surgery of Beth Israel Medical Center. There were minor complications but Suncar is determined to maintain his weight by working out in the gym and eating nutritious food instead of his old favorite junk foods.
Now weighing 210 pounds, his waistline shrunk to 34 inches.’ I feel reborn. These days I can cycle around the Hudson River and play with my kids and this summer, I am taking a flight. Before I couldn’t fit in an airline seat’, he said.
He said he will keep his old clothes in the closet to remind him of his old looks. There is no turning back, he said.
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