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Darren 'Dibsy' McClintock back on track after surgery to fix irregular heart rhythm

Dibsy with his mum, personal trainer and girlfriend at his hospital bedside Credit: Mike Hind Fitness

A man from Middlesbrough who has lost over half of his body weight in just one year is recovering after surgery.

Before starting his weight-loss journey Darren Mclintock tipped the scales at over 40 stone. He found it difficult to walk and decided to make a change when his doctor told him he was putting his life at risk.

Mike Hind and Darren 'Dobsy' McClintock arrive at hospital for the procedure Credit: Mike Hind Fitness

In March 2019, the 28-year-old, who is known as 'Dibsy', had a procedure to fix an irregular heart heart rhythm. He has a condition called Atrial Fibrillation. If not corrected, it can lead to serious health concerns including heart attacks and heightens the risks of having a stroke.

The surgery was successful, but just eight months later, Dibsy's personal trainer Mike Hind posted on social media that his client had suffered a setback in his fitness journey.

While training, Mike noticed Dibsy's heart rate was unusual. He continued to monitor it before taking him to hospital. Doctors confirmed that his heart was back in Atrial Fibrillation, causing concern.

It meant Dibsy was facing a second surgery in less than a year.

Dibsy in hospital awaiting his second surgery Credit: Mike Hind Fitness

Dibsy has now had a further procedure to correct his Atrial Fibrillation.

Posting on social media, Dibsy's friend and personal trainer Mike Hind updated followers that the surgery had been a success.

The trainer went on to thank all the NHS staff who have been involved in Dibsy's treatment.

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💛 HE IS BACK... ❤️ He is Fixed.... Dibsy is back fighting fit and ready to continue this amazing journey...

His Cardioversion went to plan, and his heart has returned to sinus rhythm.. I personally would like to thank the amazing staff here the NHS who are amazing.

Thank you al so much for the support and love you all show

– Mike Hind, Facebook post

Dibsy first hit the headlines when his personal trainer Mike Hind sent posters to all takeaways in Middlesbrough, urging them to support Dibsys weight loss by not serving him.

The poster sent to all takeaways urging them not to serve Dibsy fast-food Credit: Mike Hind Fitness

The public got behind Dibsy, encouraging him and praising his determination.

Just over a year later, Dibsy has lost half his body weight, triumphed in a charity boxing match, passed his driving test, finished the Great North Run and found a girlfriend.

With his second surgery a success, the 28-year-old has now set his sights firmly on continuing to work towards his weight-loss target.