Robot changes Kelly’s life for a better future

GRATEFUL Kelly Franckeiss shows off her best robot moves. Picture: Sarah Standing (133130-7252)
GRATEFUL Kelly Franckeiss shows off her best robot moves. Picture: Sarah Standing (133130-7252)

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WHEN Kelly Franckeiss woke up from a bowel operation, she had one question.

She wanted to know, if at the age of 28, she would face the prospect of having a stoma.

A stoma is an external opening of the digestive system, which allows a bag to be attached to collect faeces.

But thanks to the Da Vinci robot, the receptionist was glad to hear she would not need one.

And now a fundraising attempt to break the record for most people doing the robot dance at the same is taking place on November 22, to raise the cash needed to keep the Da Vinci robot.

Kelly, of Parsons Close, Hilsea, said: ‘I was so scared I would have a stoma, and I really didn’t want to live like that.

‘It was so upsetting when I saw the stoma nurse because I was so worried I would wake up with one.’

Kelly was diagnosed with a condition called diverticular, where small bulges develop in the intestine, become infected and even burst. The condition is more common in older people, due to wear and tear of the bowel.

But more and more younger people are being diagnosed, due to a poor diet that is low in fibre and high in fatty foods.

Kelly was seen as a high-risk patient due to being overweight, and previously having her gallbladder removed.

Normal keyhole surgery would have given restricted access to the bowel, and a higher chance of a stoma being fitted.

But the robot offers better manoeuvrability.

Kelly said: ‘The robot has changed my life.

‘Four days after the surgery I was walking around. We need to keep this robot in Portsmouth to the benefit of us all.’

QA is the only hospital in the UK to use the robot for multiple procedures. Surgeons have 3D views and can get to hard-to-reach areas in the body.