Grateful patient loses 80 pounds and makes a gift to honor his nurses
James Harding knew it was time.
He’d gained 120 pounds. He was diabetic. He had sleep apnea. And he felt rotten.
So he asked his primary care doctor about gastric bypass surgery and got a referral to Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center. It changed his life.
“The hospital was great from the get-go,” he says, “and the bariatric program was fantastic … It was the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Harding is 65 years old and retired from the airline industry. He started gaining weight when he changed jobs, from loading luggage and standing at the counter to sitting at a desk all day. He stopped riding his bike to work after he started a new shift that ended at 1 a.m.
He couldn’t lose the weight after he retired and turned to the Legacy Weight and Diabetes Institute, a department of Legacy Good Samaritan. He had surgery in late March and credits providers with aiding his recovery and easing his mind.
So far, six months after the surgery, Harding has lost 80 pounds. He rides his bike up to 20 miles several times a week. He has more energy and he is so deeply grateful to the nurses who cared for him during his surgery that he made a gift to support the Legacy Health Foundation.
“It’s kind of nerve-racking going into surgery,” Harding says. “But they were great. They said, ‘You’ll be fine.’ They were very encouraging and had a great sense of humor.”
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