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Man has operation to cure chronic hiccups


A man who has hiccuped more than 10 million times in two years is hoping an operation can cure his problem.

Christopher Sands, 25, first started hiccuping uncontrollably back in February 2007.

His unsettled stomach has gone off once every two seconds for up to 12 hours a day – devastating his career as a singer in a rock band.

And every known cure has been tried, from eating honey while upside down to sitting in a compression chamber.

But his hopes have been raised after doctors diagnosed a damaged stomach valve which they hope keyhole surgery can fix.

Mr Sands, of Timberland, Lincolnshire, said: “I’m pinning all my hopes on this operation. I want my life back.

“I can hardly eat or sleep or socialise. I can’t work and it’s next to impossible to make music.

“It’s exhausting. I’ve tried everything. I must’ve drunk water a hundred different ways. I do yoga. I’ve been to a hypnotherapist. I’ve tried every treatment.”

Doctors at Queen Medical Centre, Nottingham, where the surgery was due to be performed on Wednesday, said the damaged stomach valve was causing an acid condition leading to heartburn and chronic hiccups.

Christopher’s friend Teyen Widdicombe, said he was looking forward to going under the knife.

“It is not certain that the operation will end the hiccups, so we will just have to wait and see,” he said.


March 25, 2009 - Posted by | nature, People

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