News Release: October 10, 2013
Mercy Hospital Announces Winner of FREE LAP-BAND ® Surgery
"I WANT TO LIVE! I am thankful to be the recipient of the LAP-BAND® procedure from Mercy Hospital,” said Damon Smith. “This is the beginning of a new life for me and I cannot wait to get started. I am looking forward to the progressive weight loss and evolving my life style to adjust to the new life that awaits. Life is meant to be LIVED and I intend to live it to the fullest.”
“Mr. Smith’s entry showed his desire to make a change, while at the same time understanding that it will take a lot of hard work, said Dr. Rami Lutfi, Medical Director of Mercy’s LAP-BAND ® Program, work that he has already began. “Damon realizes that LAP-BAND® is not just a quick fix; he understands that this is a lifestyle change, in addition to changing his diet, he also realizes he will need to participate in a regular exercise regimen, which is why I believe he will be successful.”
In addition to the free LAP-BAND®, Smith will also receive a one year gym membership to Planet Fitness and follow-up care for a year following surgery. The runner-up will receive one year of nutritional counseling with Mercy’s nutritionist.
Mercy’s team of experts is dedicated to helping those who are living with obesity to experience long-term, permanent weight loss. It doesn’t end at surgery; our team offers a comprehensive approach for patients ensuring that they can live happy, fulfilling lives and keep the weight off even after the surgery.
To learn more about Mercy’s LAP-BAND® Program visit www.mercy-chicago.org/lap-band
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