A woman flew to Turkey to have her stomach removed before losing over 16 and a half stone after a clairvoyant predicted she would die without drastic measures.
Rebecca Wilkinson, 30, started pounding on the pounds in her teenage years and saw her weight skyrocket after getting pregnant with her child at 18 – and piling up nearly 10 pounds in just under two years.
She often treated herself to two takeaways a day, followed by snacks like chocolate, chips and sweets – washed down with liters of Lucozade.
At her tallest form, Rebecca weighed 28.12lbs and struggled to squeeze into a size of 28-30.
After years of dieting, the single mother saw no changes until a visit to a clairvoyant “startled” her to take action.
He revealed that if she continued her unhealthy habits, she had “no future” and told her to “do whatever it takes or die”.
The bomb started its weight loss journey and it booked a flight to Antalya, Turkey for private sleeve stomach surgery in September 2020.
A year after the operation that removed part of her abdomen, she lost a staggering 16.7 pounds – a diet to 12.5 pounds and a slim 10-14 height.
Rebecca, a plasterer apprentice from Ilkeston, Derbyshire, said: “I was desperate after years of trying to lose weight and failing.
“During a visit to my clairvoyant, he scared me so that I could take action.
“He said he saw ‘no life’ for me on the cards.
“He also said, ‘Do what it takes – go to your limits or you will die.’
“I knew I had to take drastic measures and that surgery was the only way.
“The weight fell after my stomach was removed – it changed my life.”
Rebecca began grappling with bullies as a teenager and turned to eating for comfort.
She saw the weight gain, especially after getting pregnant with their first child, Libby, 12.
The mother often had a snack for lunch and dinner – followed by snacks.
She said, “I went to an all-girls school and was bullied really badly.
“At school they nicknamed me the ‘Rebecca Double Decker’ because I was taller than the other girls.
“I definitely ate to feel better.
“I would start the day with four pieces of buttered toast, and if I was hungry in the morning I would repeat that without any problems.
“I was given a take away lunch for lunch and dinner was also a take away meal every night.”
When her weight got out of control, Rebecca struggled with her mental health and suffered from anxiety and depression.
She was hoping to have another baby with her 16-year-old partner Matt, 34, who owns a cleaning company but struggled to get pregnant for the next 12 years due to her weight.
At her largest size, she weighed a whopping 28.12 pounds and struggled to fit into a size 28.
She said, “For years I have tried to ignore the chaos I was in.
“Without my mother or my fiancé by my side, I wouldn’t leave the house.
“I was picky about where to go if I didn’t fit in the seat or the toilet cubicle.
“I even had people yelling at me from cars passing by.”
Rebecca tried to diet over the years, failed and felt “defeated”.
She was ready to “give up” when a trip to a clairvoyant in 2020 changed everything.
According to Rebecca, he couldn’t see a future for her and told her to sort it out now or she would die.
“I was skeptical of the clairvoyant at first, but he knew things no one else was doing,” she said.
“Just as he knew how I would eat and ‘hibernate’ afterwards.
“I left the reading in tears, but it was important that I did.
“He said, ‘I don’t see any more life for you.’
“It was the wake-up call that I had to change.”
After the reading, Rebecca was considering private surgery for a sleeve stomach in the UK, but it would cost more than £ 12,000.
Finding the operation abroad in Turkey cost a fraction of the price – £ 3,000 – she flew over in September 2020 with her mother, Jayne Nunn, 47, who was also undergoing the operation.
During the operation three quarters of the stomach were removed and the remaining amount formed a “sleeve” or tube that led to the intestines.
After the operation, Rebecca flew back to the UK and had to survive on a diet of liquids, purees and soft foods for a month before she could eat solid foods again.
Rebecca continues: “My mom came with me and was such a great support.
“Everything went well, but with my new diet I had to adjust to it a lot.
“Now I can only eat small amounts every two hours – like a baby boob or a bit of protein like a salmon fillet.
“For dinner, I usually eat a very small portion of everything I’ve cooked for the family.
“I don’t feel hungry or miss food.”
For over a year, Rebecca said the weight “dropped” and she lost a whopping 16.7 pounds and dropped to 12.5 pounds.
She is now a size 10-14 and said she had a whole new life behind her.
Her mother Jayne lost an unbelievable 13 stones after surgery.
Rebecca said, “The weight fell from me – it was incredible.
“Mom did an amazing job too.
“We hope to return to Turkey for another operation to remove the excess skin.
“I gave up my home job and am now an apprentice plasterer.
“I enjoy super long walks, going out and socializing that I never thought possible.
“The most important thing is that I can move and live pain-free.
“Hopefully the weight loss will help my fertility and one more baby.
“It changed my life.”