FOREST HILLS, Queens (WABC) — Two sisters who went under the knife at the same time in the same operating room talk about their experience leading healthier lives.
“We also shared a room in the hospital,” Cassidy Deerkoski said. “We were looking at each other and it was kind of funny. And when we woke up, we woke up at the same time.”
The decision to have bariatric surgery was not easy for Cassidy and her sister Caitlyn, who are relatively young at 23 and 21.
They were operated on in June. It was conducted by Dr. Armando Castro-Tie, chief of surgery at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Hospital.
It is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a robot to reduce the stomach’s ability to hold food.
“The importance of having that at the same time… having that support, having that common goal, having that person to partner with to stay honest and keep each other on track is so important,” Dr. Castro. -Tie said.
Caitlyn said she’s lost 46 pounds so far.
The sisters have struggled with their weight all their lives – and the bullying that has come with it.
“My classmates were like, ‘oh, you’re fat, you’re a fatter girl,’ and I was like, ‘I know that, like, thank you,'” Caitlyn said.
But it wasn’t callous words that led to the decision that changed his life.
“It’s not just that I want to look good, it’s that I want to live longer, I want to be healthier,” Castro-Tie said.
“I had a few reactions. My friends asked me why you’re doing this,” Cassidy said. “Why can’t you just practice. It definitely didn’t make me feel good and I’m doing it for me, not for you.”
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this on my own,” Caitlyn said. “It was really nice having my sister. It was just good.”
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