A father of four says he feels like a new man after losing an incredible 23 stones.
Thomas Daly, 46, from Dublin, decided to change his life after his weight rose to 37kg and he could not even walk up the stairs.
The council worker, who referred to his former self as a “walking heart attack,” found he felt “gross” before embarking on his weight loss journey. Dublin Live Reports.
He managed to raise enough money for gastric cuff surgery in the UK, but almost lost his life when he suffered complications from the operation.
The father spent 65 days in the intensive care unit and was called a “miracle man” for making it out of the hospital alive.
The super-lean Thomas told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “I’ve always played football and was naturally thin so I wasn’t worried.”
“But as I got older, I gained weight. Before I knew it, I was 37 stone 10.
“For some crazy reason, I did my toughest race in the New York Marathon to raise money for Temple Street Hospital.
“I ran with the NYPD and two ambulances behind me. It took me eleven hours and raised more than € 100,000.
“I fell over the finish line. My nipples were bleeding, snot ran down my face, I had blisters on my blisters.
“It took me 25 minutes to get out of the taxi at the hotel. It was terrible. “
The brave Thomas again ran the marathon for Autism Ireland – five pounds lighter – the following year as he continued to fool the world with his Happy Go Lucky act.
The 46-year-old, who appeared in a TV3 documentary about Darndale called Edge Of Town, hid the misery his weight caused him.
He revealed, “I did Strictly Come Dancing and raised € 45,000 and the audience would have seen some of it.
“I would go out there and be the loudmouth who got madness, then I would come home, sit upstairs and cry – just cry.
“I would come home from work, go upstairs, close the door and cry. I wanted to end my life.
“I was on my way to the grave. I was a walking heart attack. I would try to hide at work, but how can you hide when you weigh 528 pounds?
“I used to drive a small street sweeper with two seats, but I took both seats. The guy with me had to go behind earlier.
“My life was gone, I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t go up the stairs, I couldn’t do it.
“When I was feeling lowest, I often wanted to commit suicide. I would sit there with a rope in hand. But I was so tall that I was scared.”
Thomas says a casual comment from a child during soccer practice eventually got him over the edge.
He remembers, “That smart Alec said,” They tell us to run and sprint, go faster and not go down the street. “
“It hit home. I knew I had to do something. “
Thomas confided in close friends, and the Darndale ward ran a walkathon to raise the $ 11,000 it would take to send him in for gastric cuff surgery.
But the operation in Leeds, UK went horribly wrong and he had to fight for his life after suffering from sepsis. He said, “After two days my face was yellow. I was in great pain. The surgeon told my wife they didn’t think I would make it.
“I spent 65 days in intensive care with the wires hanging out – my wife and youngest son Lee stayed at the end of my bed for 65 days. They released four liters of poison from my body every two days. Then I got cellulite.
“You lie there with all these tubes coming out of you. You can’t go to the bathroom. You’re a diaper on you … it’s awful.
“But I got up and left the intensive care unit after 65 days. They called me the miracle man. I still get cards from the staff today. “
That was in 2016 and Thomas has had six more surgeries since then. He has 25 scars and removed part of his intestines, but he is grateful that he is alive.
He revealed, “Now I have a clean health certificate. I feel fantastic I can go to a store, I can buy a pair of jeans or a shirt off the rails.
“I lost a total of 23 stones. Those are two people I lost. I can play soccer with my son. I’m running soccer again on Sheriff Street.”
Thomas, father of Shauna (26), Natalie (25), Thomas (22) and 13-year-old Lee, credits his wife Deirdre for keeping him on the right track.
He said, “She stood by my side at 38 stone. She should have run a mile, but she stayed with me.
“It was dark days. If I wasn’t busy doing something, I’d sit and think about how fat I was and how gross. My kids could do their homework upstairs and I would watch TV downstairs.
“The table would be a few meters away with the remote control. I would call one of the kids to get the remote for me. I would say, “I’ll start on Monday.”
Thomas has shrunk from a 68-inch waist and a size 6XL to a 32-inch waist in jeans and a medium in a t-shirt. He lost weight over three years through a healthy diet and exercise. At one point his diet consisted of chicken baguettes, bread and butter, and a big dinner, followed by a “giant hacker”.
Now he never skips breakfast or his daily walk, eats fruit and only eats fresh products “from the ground”.
The Liverpool fan explained: “When I went to Anfield I had to buy two seats. Now I can buy one.
“I feel like someone can read my story and have hope – a lot is in their head. I’m actually in a great place now, I have loads of energy. On my day off, I get up at 8 a.m. and go to Howth [11km].
Before I couldn’t do anything with my family, I can now hunt with my grandchildren. What I missed with me, I will not miss with them. “
- Thomas has raised over 2 million euros for charity over the years. At Christmas he distributed turkey and ham baskets with the help of friends Colm McAlinden and Nigel McConnell.