This is the remarkable photo diary of a mum who shed 12 stone in as many months – to make sure she would live to look after her disabled son.
Jane Morgan, who tipped the scales at 28 stone, was spurred into action when doctors said she would die before her son Callum was a teenager.
The eight year-old is unable to walk, talk, or feed himself after extensive brain damage when he was starved of oxygen at birth.
Jane, 38, secured a gastric bypass on the NHS and has dropped an incredible stone-a-month in a year.
She once became stuck in size 32 jeans but now weighs a healthier 15 stone and has shrunk to a 16 dress size.
Jane, who is also mum to Connor, ten, said: “I was terrified that I would die and leave my boys without a mum.
“Callum can’t eat, he can’t walk, he can’t talk but he’s still very naughty and cheeky in his own way.
“My boys are everything to me. They are hard work but they give me so much back.
“I’m grateful I can live to see them grow up now.”
Jane’s weight ballooned when she suffered relentless bullying at school.
She binged on daily takeaways and whole packets of biscuits and had hit 20 stone by the time she was 18.
She piled on more pounds when Connor was born and her weight gain accelerated when Callum suffered birth complications.
She was forced to abandon her career plans as a trainee nurse as she became Callum’s full-time carer.
She started to develop symptoms of sleep apnoea and in September last year underwent the gastric bypass.
Surgeons attached the top section of her stomach directly to her small intestine, bypassing most of the stomach and her bowels.
Since then Jane, from Basildon, Essex, has not been able to eat more than a starter-sized portion of food.
She added: “I go to KFC with the boys now and I’ll feel ill after one drumstick because of the grease.
“If I’d kept going the way I was then I would have been dead within five years.”