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David Cantwell

Operation Transformation leader withdraws from the show due to health reasons

Dan Kennedy underwent tests at St Michael’s Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, where he was diagnosed with severe colitis.

ONE OF THE RTÉ’s Operation Transformation leaders has had to withdraw from the show due to health reasons.

Last week’s viewers would have seen Dan Kennedy entering hospital after complaining that he has been suffering from stomach cramps and passing blood.

Subsequently, Kennedy underwent tests at St Michael’s Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, where he was diagnosed with severe colitis.

He was admitted to hospital where he has remained for the last week.

Health reasons

Initially, it had been hoped that following rest, he would be able to carry on with the programme, however, the condition, which pre-existed his commencement of the Operation Transformation plan, means he will be unable to continue as a leader.

Medical doctors have advised him that he is not medically fit to continue.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio One’s Ray D’Arcy, he said he has been feeling unwell since the end of October. “I thought it would pass like all men,” he said.

He said he was going to try and continue on with his plan as best he can, but unfortunately won’t be able to keep up with the exercises as he is still very weak.

Kennedy said he was also going to try and raise awareness of colitis.

(Listen to the full interview below)

RTÉ Radio 1 / SoundCloud

“We are all so disappointed for Dan that he is no longer medically fit to continue as a leader. He approached the Operation Transformation plan with huge enthusiasm, determination and great humour. The most important thing for Dan right now is to focus his attentions on getting well again and we all wish him a very speedy recovery,” said Operation Transformation host Kathryn Thomas.

Operation Transformation expert Dr Ciara Kelly said:

I, and the rest of the Operation Transformation team, would like to wish Dan a healthy and speedy recovery… Anyone who has watched Dan on the show, will have seen his dedication and commitment to getting healthy.

For anyone following Dan’s plan on Operation Transformation, his weekly meal and exercise plans will remain available on the website.

Alan Mullen, last year’s leader from Operation Transformation, is writing a weekly update about his progress following this year’s plan. Keep up to date here.

Read: ‘I weighed a colossal 27 stone aged 21. I was one of the fattest people ever on RTE’s Operation Transformation’>

Read: ‘After training and a strict diet this week, I am three pounds off the two stone mark’>

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