I’d like to share with you the miraculous journey of my son Ryan Scott Daffer. In November of 2007 he lost his job in Indianapolis, and at that time he moved back home (Brazil, IN). At that time he weighed 735 lbs. and was not feeling well at all. After 2 months of him struggling to survive with daily living, his weight-loss journey began. In January 2008 we had to rush him to Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana – this was after we had 4 friends to come and get him out of a recliner. Once we got him into the car, which he hardly fit from being so obese, we proceeded to the hospital about a ½ hour away. We called ahead and let the emergency room know we were bringing our son in and that he was very obese. The emergency staff was waiting on us when we arrived. He was so obese they had no bed to fit his needs. They immediately started to x-ray his body from head to toe. They said the terrible pain he was having in his right leg was cellulitis. They weighed him at that time and his weight was 735lbs. The hospital staff at that time immediately ordered him an extra large bed to suit his needs. At 2:30 a.m., I told the nurse I was going to go home and rest, because I didn’t know what tomorrow may bring. She said I’m not sure he will be here by morning. I told her I wouldn’t accept that, because being so young I knew he could this. She told us they would move him to a floor when his bed arrived from Indianapolis. She told us to come back to the ER and not go to a room, because his bed wouldn’t arrive until about noon. When we arrived to the hospital he was still in ER and still critically ill. About noon his bed arrived and he was transferred to a room on the critical care floor. One thing he had trouble with was going to sleep any place and any time. A doctor came in and told him they were going to do some tests and see what they could do. After the tests came back there were several things wrong with Ryan, so immediately they started him on a lot of medicine, a sleep apnea machine, and oxygen. He was in the hospital 4 days and they suggested that he go to a local nursing home for further care, but the thing was the nursing home was not equipped for a super morbidly obese patient. They ordered all the equipment that Ryan needed, a bed, wheelchair, walker, and sleep apnea machine. It was all in the next day. He was so obese that he barely fit in the ambulance to transport him to the nursing home. (SEE PICTURES ENCLOSED) They immediately started him in physical therapy, working with him, in all things he should be able to do for himself. The nursing home doctor, called a family meeting and he told Ryan as well as his family that, unless Ryan’s obesity was addressed, in 5 years he would be dead, because his body couldn’t take the beating it was getting. Immediately, he put him on a 1200 calorie a day diet. He had many obstacles to overcome, while in the nursing home on his journey. But he had enough stamina to endure it. On April 25th, Ryan went home at 520lbs. At that time, he put his mind to it, and joined the YMCA of Brazil. He worked out about an hour a day and has built his time up to 2 hours a day. Today he walks up to 5 miles a day and has reduced his weight to 280 lbs. (SEE PICTURES) He looks like a different person, but he still has that pleasant smile, and encourages everyone he sees. He now works with a program at our local YMCA helping others get started with weight loss. It's exciting to see what he has done, and what he continues to do. I hope his story can inspire others.
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