Operation Transformation leader Dan Kennedy 'devastated' to be forced to withdraw from show
Operation Transformation leader Dan Kennedy has had to withdraw from the RTE series for medical reasons.
On last week's show Dan was seen going to hospital after he admitted at the first weigh-in that he had been suffering from stomach cramps and had been passing blood.
Dan underwent tests at St Michael's Hospital in Dun Laoghaire and was diagnosed with severe colitis and admitted to hospital.
It had been hoped that Dan could return to his Operation Transformation food and fitness plan but this weekend his doctors conducted further testing and advised Dan that he is not medically fit to continue with the programme.
Dan is due for release from hospital this week but will not return to Operation Transformation and is "devastated" about having to leave.
"It's devastating but good things come out of these things as well, it's not he end of the world. I'll get it cleared up, get better," he told Ray D'Arcy on Radio 1.
Dan had been having symptoms since late last year but thought they would clear up.
OT expert Dr Ciara Kelly said, "I, and the rest of the Operation Transformation team, would like to wish Dan a healthy and speedy recovery.
"This was a pre-existing condition which neither Dan's GP nor anyone on the Operation Transformation team was aware of.
"Anyone who has watched Dan on the show will have seen his dedication and commitment to getting healthy.
"This is an unfortunate reminder to all Irish men to be more proactive and attentive regarding their health".
Dan will not be replaced on the programme as the leaders are almost half way through the process.
It is the first time a leader has had to pull out of the process in nine years of the show.
For anyone following Dan’s plan on Operation Transformation, his weekly meal and exercise plans will remain available at www.rte.ie/ot/