[Doctors] said any later, and it could have killed you, because it was strangling my organs
– Emrah Mevsimler
Emrah Mevsimler became the youngest person in the UK to have a gastric band fitted in 2007 when he was just 13. Despite dramatic initial weight loss, Emrah was left with daily stomach cramps and his weight continued to yo-yo.
Regretting the surgery, Emrah had been saving up to pay to have the gastric band removed privately, but just two weeks ago, he was rushed to hospital as the band was strangling his internal organs and he was moments away from losing his life.
So after his experience, how would Emrah advise others in a similar situation? "Definitely try and manage it in another way first - I wouldn't want anyone going through what I went through. Speak to somebody first."