Murfreesboro woman appears on 'The Doctors' - WKRN News 2

Murfreesboro woman appears on 'The Doctors'

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

A Rutherford County woman who lost 170 pounds appeared on "The Doctors" Tuesday afternoon.

Heather Gum first appeared on the daytime health show in March of 2013 when the show's host and producers offered to pay for the necessary surgery to remove excess skin from her weight loss.

"I didn't know when I lost the weight, I hadn't really thought about, that it would be a problem," Gum told News 2 Tuesday.

Health insurance doesn't cover surgery to remove excess skin, which, Gum said, totals over $50,000.

"With insurance not covering it, I would still have it today," she said.

In July, one of the hosts of "The Doctors," Dr. Drew Ordon, and plastic surgeon Dr. Ritu Chopra completed a seven hour surgery and removed 25 pounds of excess skin from Gum's arms and stomach.

On Tuesday's show, "The Doctors" unveiled Gum's successful surgery results.

Gum said the surgery helped her physically and psychologically.

"Having a flatter stomach and to be able to wear clothes without having to adjust all the time," she said. "It's weird because I'm normal. I've never been normal before."

"The Doctors" airs Monday through Friday on News 2 at 2 p.m.

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