A man who lost half his body weight following a gastric bypass operation is now suing the NHS for hundreds of thousands of pounds – because he would rather be fat.
Tim Daily, 47, requested the £12,000 surgery after his weight spiralled to a staggering 24 stone and he suffered mini-strokes, diabetes and heart problems.
Father-of-two Tim lost 12 stone over the next four months but complications have left him in a ”living hell” where he is in agony whenever he swallows solid food.
He was rushed to hospital with malnutrition and is now fed through tube directly into his stomach and hooked up to a feeding machine when he sleeps at night.
Tim, a financial advisor, must now choose between undergoing corrective surgery, which carries a 25 per cent chance of death, or never eating food again.
He is suing Charing Cross Hospital for hundreds of thousands of pounds claiming surgeons failed to tell him he could suffer complications from surgery.
Tim said: ”I would rather be 24 stone again than live life like this. Life is a living hell. I’m not the happy-chappy guy I used to be. I feel down all the time.
”I’m ill and desperate. I crave food everyday. On a good day I can eat a biscuit washed down with plenty of morphine. Otherwise I don’t eat.
”I miss eating so much. I was always a very social person going out for meals was a huge part of my life. I can’t even pop out for a meal – it’s ruined my life.
”If I do eat a meal I’m having to down loads of morphine then my wife has to cart me off because I’ve passed out.
”Christmas dinner, easter, family occassions – they are all ruined out for me.
”I was promised when I had the operation I would still be able to eat afterwards. How would you like it if you could never eat food again?
”I could die if I have the corrective operation. I’m only 47 and I can’t put myself at risk because I have a wife, two daughters and two grandchildren.”
Tim, of Newport Pagnell, in Bucks., underwent a gastric bypass operation in October 2008 which realigned his digestive tract and reduced the size of stomach.
The surgery was designed to prevent him from consuming large amounts of food but he claims that surgeons did not explain the potential health risks.
A tube was fitted into his stomach in July last year after his weight halved and he was diagnosed with malnutrition because he was not eating enough.
Now nutrients are pumped straight into his stomach from a backpack worn during the day and a machine beside his bed at night.
Tim now weights 11st 7Ib and he is still losing weight leaving him too tired to work.
He downs four litres of oral morphine every month when he cannot fight the craving to swallow solid food.
Doctors believe that Tim’s nerves were damaged by complications following the operation – leaving him in pain whenever he attempts to eat solid food.
Charing Cross Hospital has offered corrective surgery but the procedure has never been done before and the operation has a 25 per cent chance of death.
Before the operation Tim worked 45 hours a week as financial advisor but now barely makes three hours a day and wife Jenny, 46, is his full-time carer.
He has instructed solicitors Kester Cunningham John to sue for medical negligence and loss of earnings.
A spokesman from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Charing Cross Hospital, claims the risks were explained to Tim.
He said: ”With every gastric bypass operation there is a five per cent risk of health complications.
”Before undergoing any form of surgery, we explain the risks and potential complications to every patient, and ask for their consent.”
The amount of weight-loss surgery on the NHS has risen by 785 per cent in the past five years.
There were 480 similar operations in 2003/4 compared to 4,246 in 2008/09.