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Man Loses More Than Half His Body Weight And Successfully Crowdfunds For Skin Surgery

January 04, 2016 2 min read

Gary Bird struggled with his weight for years and feared it might kill him. Weighing in at 448 pounds, Gary decided to have gastric bypass surgery and managed to shed more than half his body weight in just one year. Although, Bird looks incredible, his baggy clothes hide his excess skin. bird3 Bird was informed that because skin surgery was not medically necessary, it would not be covered. Not one to be deterred, he began a crowdfunding campaign. In less than 5 weeks, he raised a total amount of $10,000 in donations. The rest was made up from his savings and a loan. Gary is scheduled to have the first of two skin surgeries on the 24th of February. bird2 [bctt tweet="Man Loses More Than Half His Body Weight And Successfully Crowdfunds For Skin Surgery"] Gary is beyond grateful. "I feel on top of the world at the moment. I can't thank people enough for all of their generosity and support.  At first I got a few donations, but after my story spread a lot of people contacted me to help. I've had over £5,000 in donations, which is amazing. I can't believe how many people that have been supporting me. I just can't thank them enough." bird As a teenager, Gary struggled to lose weight and when he did, other people would make cruel comments, which forced him to gain the weight back. However, Gary is extremely thrilled to remove his excess skin. "I am really excited about the operation, it will change my life so I can deal with the pain afterwards," he says. "I am really looking forward to the New Year, my life couldn't get any better. My confidence has grown, my body is stronger and I couldn't be happier right now. I have dreams that can now be fulfilled and by June 2016 I can start a new chapter in my life." Bird is ecstatic to live the life he's always wanted. What do you think of Bird's story? Would you ever consider a crowdfunding campaign to cover the costs of an expensive, but necessary, surgery? Source: Daily Mail [caption id="attachment_118618" align="alignnone" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_118619" align="alignnone" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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