Scots dad claims operation has left him unable to eat solid food for six years


A fed up Haldane dad is pleading with medics to end his agony – claiming an operation has seen him unable to properly eat solid food for the past six years.

John Bundy says he has endured “excruciating pain” since having the gastric surgery and has recently been living on only sips of evaporated milk and Horlicks.

The 49-year-old says he is constantly sick, has plummeted in weight and is urging doctors to find a new solution which will allow him to lead a normal life.

We previously told John’s story in the Lennox Herald last year but he says the situation has deteriorated, with him only being able to stomach sips of water in the past week.

He tearfully said: “Everything hurts as it goes down my throat and it’s even painful to breathe.

“I am so tired, thin and weak. I used to be 16 stone and now I’m down to around 10 stone.

“When I’m not taking tiny sips of evaporated milk and Horlicks, I’m taking so many pills for the pain.

“I take 14 tablets in the morning, six in the afternoon and then 11 at night but I have to go to hospital 20 to 30 times a year for pain relief as I’m sick all the time.

“I’ve lost most of my teeth because of all the sickness.




“I used to be able to get soup down but can’t even manage that any more.

“In the last week, all I’ve had is sips of water because the pain has been so severe. Everything that goes down is back out.”

John had Nissen fundoplication surgery six years ago to treat severe heartburn.

The operation involves wrapping all or part of the upper part of the stomach around the lower part of the esophagus to prevent stomach acid from backing up into it.

He had surgery for a second time around a year later after suffering problems with it, which was believed to be caused by scarring.

But John says it failed to fix the problem and he has endured agonizing pain ever since.

He continued: “I had a lot of gastric reflux and was told this would solve the issue.

“They said I’d be able to enjoy food like pizza within six months but I haven’t had any solid food in six years.

“If I’d have known it would have caused this, I never would have had the surgery.

“Before all this, I used to run a pub, walk miles and go fly fishing.

“I can’t do any of that now.

“I have a nine-year-old son and I can’t get out and about and do things with him.

“He came for a visit recently and I had to get an ambulance round as I was so ill. I don’t want him to see me like that.”

John says he has pleaded with medics to fix the issue, including asking for a feeding tube to be inserted, adding: “I feel like I’m not being taken seriously and made to be a nuisance.

“All they want to do is up my pain relief

John praised his partner Karen for the support she has given him but says the issue is affecting them both, adding: “When she’s here she doesn’t want to eat a meal in front of me.

“We can’t go out for a meal and it’s difficult having friends round for dinner.

“It’s affecting my quality of life.

“I can’t take my son out as I should be able to do because I’m so tired and in pain.

“It reaches the point where the pain is so excruciating I’m back in hospital again. I don’t know how much longer my body can take this.”

A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We are sorry to hear that Mr Bundy remains unhappy with his care.

“While we cannot comment on individual patients, we can confirm that we are aware of complaints made and have responded accordingly.

“We are happy to continue liaising with Mr Bundy to address his concerns and provide continuing care.”




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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