a DOTING dad went on a diet as part of a sponsored slim to raise money for the charity which paid for pioneering brain surgery equipment which saved his son’s life.
Liam Healy, aged 48, lost three stone in just four months, going from 17st 11lb to 14st 11lb and raised £1,775 for the Sheffield-based Neurocare charity.
The organisation supports the neurosciences department of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where his son Daniel was treated after a road accident on his way home from a night out in Chesterfield last February.
The 20-year-old suffered a serious brain injury when a taxi drove off before he had managed to get out. He fell onto the road at Gleadless Townend and banged his head.
He was left fighting for his life following the incident and needed major surgery on his brain using the state-of-the-art equipment that had been paid for by Neurocare.
Part of his skull was removed to relieve the pressure on his brain and a metal plate was inserted in its place.
Daniel, of Charnock, spent three months in hospital recovering and undergoing physiotherapy to help him with his mobility problems.
He is now back home and has started working again at Wickes DIY store on Moor Street, although he has been left with permanent problems with his peripheral vision.
Mum Debra said: “He has been told he will never be able to drive again which is a real shame - but when you think of how it could have turned out he is so lucky. “They told us at the start that he only had a 50/50 chance of surviving so he has done marvellously.
“The doctors at the Hallamshire were absolutely wonderful at the beginning and we feel very fortunate that Sheffield has all the neuro-surgery facilities on offer that it does.
“Without the equipment that Neurocare has bought Daniel might not be here today. Liam’s sponsored slim was his way of saying thank you.”
Three family friends - brothers Philip and Steve Winslow and Andy Kay - also contributed to the fundraising with a 150-mile bike ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over four days which raised more than £700.