Surgeon ready for swimming challenge

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A SURGEON who lost a staggering 12-and-a-half stone six years ago is taking on an open water swimming challenge to raise money for charity.

Chris Oliver, a consultant trauma orthopaedic surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, tipped the scales at 27-and-a-half stone at his heaviest, and it was only when he was fitted with a gastric band in 2007 that he began losing weight. Since shedding the weight, he has taken part in numerous physical challenges, with the latest achievement being the completion of a 3500-mile bike ride from Los Angeles to 
Boston.

The Big Swim is Meningitis Trust/Meningitis UK’s first open water sponsored swimming event, and will take place in the bay of Elie in Fife on August 3.

Chris said: “I’ve seen first-hand the devastating effects that meningitis can have. It’s very rare to require all four limbs to be amputated.

“Meningitis awareness and vaccination campaigns should hopefully work towards preventing these terrible 
complications.”