Our Lisa's inspirational talk gathers praise from Nutritional Support Symposium

Community Dietician Lisa Green joined her patient Gary Taylor recently to present their story to the Nutritional Support Symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Lisa won a CHFT Star Award last August for supporting Gary to run the London Marathon. Gary was the first peg-fed* patient to complete the London Marathon and the only way he could complete the 26-mile run** was with a backpack containing his liquid food and hydration.

Lisa, says: "I talked about my dietetic intervention in helping Gary achieve his goal of running the London Marathon in 2018.  To our knowledge, he was the first person to complete a marathon with an enteral feeding tube (unable to eat or drink orally).  There were no guidelines available and I worked out an enteral feeding plan based on 'trial and error' and my knowledge of sports dietetics."

Comments from the audience included:

  • "Inspirational"
  • "Enhanced insight into the patient view of tube feeding. Putting yourself in their patient’s shoes! "
  • "Very inspiring talk – showed how dietitians can have an impact on patient’s quality of life and made me want to make sure I’m going above and beyond for my patients "
  • "Enjoyed hearing how sports & clinical dietetics are/can be combined "

*PEG stands for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy, a procedure in which a flexible feeding tube is placed through the abdominal wall and into the stomach

** On the day of the run Lisa was in constant phone contact advising him what to take in and when. She said: " I was really worried all day as I felt really responsible. He could not stop to take on fluids if he was dehydrated. Gary is truly inspirational and I enjoyed supporting him with his challenge!!