Woman shares her weight loss story

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Cecilia Deetlefs is not afraid to stop overweight people in the street and tell them: “I was there a year ago.”
She tells them how after weighing 125kg, she shed 56kg after a pre-operation diet and a gastric bypass.

Deetlefs, 54, said yesterday: “Not everyone knows about this operation, so I am happy to share my experience.”

Her husband, Marthinus, 58, underwent the same laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure at a Durban hospital and has gone from 166kg to 104kg.

Both had the operation for health reasons and no longer have to take blood pressure medication.

Cecilia Deetlefs after her weight journey

“My husband had suffered sleep apnoea. He also snored. Now he sleeps through the night and has stopped snoring,” Deetlefs said.

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