'Sunshine star' Angelique stuns with incredible 50kg weight loss

By Petrus Malherbe
08 May 2016

Angelique's parents and her doctor couldn't be prouder of their "sunshine star".

Just over two years ago, Angelique du Plessis, of Alexandria in the Eastern Cape, paid a visit to her doctor after experiencing excruciating abdominal pain.

At the time, the 29-year-old with Down Syndrome weighed 118 kg. PHOTO: Supplied At the time, the 29-year-old with Down Syndrome weighed 118 kg. PHOTO: Supplied

Dr Loretta Heunis, a family doctor in Kenton-on-Sea near Alexandria, found Angelique had a navel hernia -- but before she could treat it, Angelique would need to lose weight.

At the time, the 29-year-old with Down Syndrome weighed 118 kg.

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Angelique's stepfather Roche van Niekerk said Angelique has long struggled with her weight.

Angelique has long struggled with her weight. PHOTO: Supplied Angelique has long struggled with her weight. PHOTO: Supplied

"Everyone who knew her, helped her out unknowingly," he said -- and all these loose treats every now and then soon began to take their toll.

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During her doctor's visit Angelique's mother, Elizabeth, asked Dr Heunis if she might be able to compile a simple diet for her to follow.

"At the beginning she was very angry that we give her food that she was not used to," recalls Roche.

Almost two years later, Angelique has bowled people over with a 50-kg slimmer frame. PHOTO: Supplied Almost two years later, Angelique has bowled people over with a 50-kg slimmer frame. PHOTO: Supplied

But in the end, Angelique become more and more determined, particularly after she was mocked terribly at school because of her weight.

"Now everyone in town has spurred her also, and praised for every kilogram that she had lost," her stepdad said.

Twenty-one months later, Angelique has bowled people over with a 50-kg slimmer frame.

"She now weighs 70.5 kg," boasts Roche. "She actually weighs less than most of the kids who teased her so!"

Dr Heunis couldn't be prouder. "To date she is my patient record-holder for weight loss and without medication!"

"She's truly our sunshine star."

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