A 25-year-old singer, who estimates that he’s hiccuped almost 10 million times in the last 15 months, may finally be cured.
Christopher Sands had surgery Wednesday to repair a damaged stomach valve. Doctors at Queen Medical Center in England, where the surgery was performed, said the damaged valve was causing a condition leading to heartburn and chronic hiccups, the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph reported Thursday.
Sands has tried everything since 2007 to cure his nonstop hiccups, from eating honey while upside down to sitting in a compression chamber.
"I'm pinning all my hopes on this operation,” Sands told the Telegraph. “I want my life back.”
Teyen Widdicombe, a friend of Sands, said he was looking forward to having the surgery.
"It is not certain that the operation will end the hiccups, so we will just have to wait and see," he said. "Even if it just stops the hiccups for a couple of hours then it will mean Chris can get a bit of sleep."