Baby joy for Leeds mum who shed half her weight

Kirsty Westerman.
Kirsty Westerman.
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A super–slimmer lost half of her body weight after being warned she might not be able to become a mum – and now has a baby boy.

Kirsty Westerman, from Kippax, Leeds, shed 14-and-a-half stone following gastric bypass surgery.

Just over two years ago, the 22-year-old weighed 27 stone and a GP told her she might not reach the age of 30 without drastic weight loss.

“He also said it would be extremely difficult for me to get pregnant,” said Kirsty. “I knew it was time to do something about it.”

Since undergoing the gastric bypass on the NHS at the private Spire Leeds Hospital in Roundhay, Kirsty has lost more than 14 stones, dropping from a size 32 to a 12-to-14.

“This surgery has been life-transforming for me,” she said.

“I always wanted to have children. If it wasn’t for the surgery this might not have been possible.”

In August 2011, she underwent a gastric bypass by Jeremy Hayden, consultant upper GI and obesity surgeon, who said she was very young to undergo the procedure.

“The average age of my patients is usually 40 to 45 for this type of procedure,” he said.

“It’s very serious for someone of Kirsty’s age to have such a high body mass index.”

Since the surgery, she has lost weight steadily and changed her lifestyle, and was thrilled to give birth to Oscar three months ago.

“I’m keeping the weight off,” she added.

“I would recommend this procedure to anyone in a similar situation to mine. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done. If it wasn’t for this I would not have Oscar and I wouldn’t have this promising future to look forward to. It’s changed my life.”