Mather Hospital Bariatric Success Stories - Monica, Coram

Monica, Coram

Monica Freyberg is the living embodiment of before-and-after. “My life before the surgery was boring, uneventful and like a prison,” she said. “After the surgery I have to say I feel blessed, excited and fortunate.” Before bariatric surgery with Arif Ahmad, MD, at the Mather Hospital Bariatric Center of Excellence, the 38-year-old mother of two felt she “was trapped in somebody else’s body.”

Bariatric Success Story - Mather Hospital - Gemeli

Gemeli, Amityville

Like so many people with weight problems, Gemeli Loney’s life was about limitations – the things she couldn’t do or was afraid to try because of her weight. “There were so many things I always wanted to do that I didn’t have the confidence to do, whether it was something athletic, for example, or trying something adventurous or traveling. Life before was about limitations, some conscious and some self-conscious.”

Mather Patient Success Story - Frank, Middle Island. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Frank, Middle Island

In May, 1995, Frank from Middle Island had his prostate removed as part of his treatment for prostate cancer. He did well for 18 years, but then the cancer came back requiring radiation treatments. In 2016, Frank noticed blood clots in his urine and had trouble urinating. On several occasions, he found himself in the Emergency Department for the bleeding and clotting as the clots blocked his ability to urinate.