Woman who lost 428 pounds facing new health battle

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 1 at 6:04 PM

DALLAS — Life seemed like a dream for a Euless woman who lost more than 400 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery.

But that dream went from perfect to painful.

After her dramatic weight loss, Misty Daniel underwent additional surgery to remove her excess skin. She had such a serious infection that doctors had to move the skin from one side of her belly button to the other, making a circle around her entire abdomen.

The 35-year-old woman says gastric bypass surgery gave her a second chance at life. She says she felt happy for the first time in a very long time.

But she told us from her bed at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas that her feeling of euphoria didn't last long.

Daniel said she had been on a path of self-destruction since she was eight years old. She found comfort in food.

Her weight reached 613 pounds.

"I pretty much stayed in my house the majority of the time," she said. "It got to where I couldn't go anywhere. I couldn't drive anymore. I couldn't work anymore."

The surgery was successful. Daniel's weight dropped to 185.

It changed her life.

"I walked into my daughter's school for the first time ever," she said. "I got to do the things that normal people do. I was able to walk into Walmart without getting into a scooter. I was able to walk into the store and do my shopping, something I had never done before."

Hope and promise for the future came to a painful stop when Daniel had surgery at a Houston hospital to remove 50 pounds of excess skin.

There she contracted a near-deadly case of MRSA, a powerful staph infection resistant to many antibiotics.

"It was scary," Daniel said. "There was a point where my daughter had to come in and tell me goodbye because they didn't think I was going to make it."

The complications got worse as more infections mounted.

Daniel got pancreatitis twice, and then — problems with her gall bladder developed.

She spent seven months at Parkland.

"There were many days that I didn't want to live. I wanted to die. It was just not worth it," Daniel said.

But now, as Misty Daniel lies in her hospital bed at Parkland, she clings to hope that she will recover soon, and resume her second chance at life.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

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