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Wednesday 24 May 2017

'Weight loss means my prosthetic leg doesn't fit so well'

Team leader Chris McElligott
Team leader Chris McElligott

Team leader Chris McElligott revealed on last night's Operation Transformation that there's a "flip side" to losing weight - his prosthetic leg doesn't fit as well anymore.

The Dubliner (46), who once captained Ballymun FC, has dropped an impressive 10lbs since starting his new weight regime a week ago. He said that while he's "extremely delighted", it has also brought its own problems.

The sock for his prosthesis is now looser due to his weight loss, resulting in a lot more movement, causing him considerable pain.

Viewers watched him attend Cappagh Orthopaedic Hospital for an assessment, where they temporarily adjusted his prosthetic so he could continue on with his weight-loss regime.

Accident

The father-of-three lost his leg in a car accident while driving near Tullow in Carlow some 16 years ago and has worn a prosthetic limb ever since.

He said that the weight started to creep up after he stopped playing sport regularly and he is determined to get in shape again.

He now works as a Community Coach for children with disabilities as part of the Football For All initiative with the FAI.

He also coaches the Irish Amputee Football team and is the first person with a physical disability to appear on the popular RTE programme.

Meanwhile on the show, team leader Yvonne Keenan-Ross ran into problems when the professional and the personal collided.

The Carlingford cafe owner revealed how she and her husband got an opportunity to open a new business, but she had to try and juggle her diet and exercise regime at the same time.

After failing to reach her target on last week's show, Mairead Redmond was determined to put in a better performance this week.

Rallied

She rallied the troops in her local community to organise a group 5km run at Gusserane GAA club in Wexford.

Her hard work paid off as she had a better result at last night's weigh-in, which showed that she had dropped 5lbs.

" I am delighted - and so relieved as well after what happened in the first week. That was a really tough week," she said.

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