VIDEO: Chef's fury as NHS refuse to remove three and a half stone of excess skin after weight loss
A CHEF who lost 13 stone after gastric bypass surgery is furious after the NHS denied him an operation – to remove three-and-a-half stone of excess skin.
Super slimmer Jason Young, 29, ballooned to 31 stones and, after years of bullying, was given a £10,000 gastric bypass.
His weight has since plummeted to 18 stone and he has been left carrying huge folds of saggy skin.
Watch Jason speak about his ordeal
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But Jason claims the follow-up operation he was promised to remove the skin has been repeatedly turned down.
Jason – who says he gained weight because of an overactive thyroid – said: "They promised me a follow-up operation to remove the skin but they keep fobbing me off and I'm getting desperate.
"The skin's so heavy on my front it makes my back hurt when I stand. I don't understand how I can be rejected for surgery which I clearly need."
Jason, of Clifton , had the gastric bypass eight years ago.
A gastric bypass is a permanent operation where part of the digestive system is removed so the patient's calorie intake is halved.
Within a month of the op at St James University Hospital, in Leeds, Jason shed more than three stone.
The bachelor says his last relationship broke down because his girlfriend could not handle his stress and mood swings.
He has recently moved in with his dad, Peter Prime.
He said: "I've got excess skin everywhere and it's horrible. I've got no self-confidence and I'm too ashamed of my body to go swimming or wear tight clothes. I feel like I won't be able to have another relationship until I've had the surgery and it's removed."
He is now planning to appeal against the refusal to give him the operation.
A spokeswoman for the Leeds hospital said: "If a patient after surgery feels they subsequently need another procedure, the normal route is to speak to their local GP in the first instance.
"The GP would make their assessment based on the clinical need in the case and could decide to recommend a referral for surgery to a hospital.
"Any referral would obviously be subject to local protocols set by a patient's commissioner on what procedures they are prepared to fund.
"Usually, procedures defined as essentially cosmetic are not funded by the NHS unless there are special circumstances."
A spokeswoman at the GP practice in Mansfield that originally referred Jason said it could not comment.
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