People often ask me about having weight loss surgery, and my reason for not having the surgery is that my dad passed away from complications of his weight loss surgery when I was one year old. My dad's name was Thomas Vinson, and he was born on July 31, 1944. He was overweight his entire life, and after getting up to approximately 750lbs, his doctor put him on a strict diet in preparation for an intestinal bypass surgery. When he got down to 475 they performed the surgery, but after seven years he started to have issues. A second surgery was performed to reverse the intestinal bypass and to staple his stomach to reduce its size.
He never recovered from the surgery. An infection developed after the surgery, and nine days later he passed away due to toxic poisoning(Gangrene).
I don't remember my dad because I was so young when he passed away.
Here's some interesting stuff about my dad:
* He was in the Navy
* He loved to cook and was a New Orleans Chef, then moved back to Birmingham to manage concessions at the brand new Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.
* He was a good-looking, outgoing guy like me :-)
Here are Pics of my dad and a newspaper article about his death (click on image to view larger size): (Do you see the resemblance of my dad and me?)