'We shed 21 stone and only regret we did not have gastric op sooner'
A Dublin couple who both struggled for years with their weight are celebrating their new lease of life after losing 21 stone between them.
Deirdre and Alan Murphy, from Castleknock in west Dublin, have seen their weight drop off following gastric bypass surgery.
Both were lucky enough not to have to endure a long waiting list in the public health system.
They qualified for the surgery on their health insurance at the Blackrock clinic, which was carried out by Dr William Robb.
Ms Murphy, who had the surgery in December 2017, has shed 9st 7lb after weighing in at 21st 8lb.
Mr Murphy has lost 11st 7lb after he reached 23st before the surgery. "It has been hugely positive.
"Our only regret is that we did not do it sooner," they said.
Charlie (5) is now enjoying having active parents who previously felt hampered by their size when doing tasks others take for granted.
"There have been huge health benefits but people often forget about the small things. If you are obese, it's difficult to get off a crowded train.
"We are going to Disneyland in January and the last time we were there I had to rent a wheelchair for Alan," said Ms Murphy.
They are both grateful to their surgeon, who listened to their concerns when they decided to take the plunge.