Kathryn Thomas broke down in tears during last night’s Operation Transformation, alongside Dr Ciara Kelly, following an emotional moment with leader Clare Scanlan.
Clare has been trying to find a way to move on with her life again following the sudden death of her son Dara, when he was just 15 years old.
During last night’s show, we saw Clare, who lost a further 4.5 pounds this week, opening up about finally starting to appreciate life again, since the tragic loss from her little boy.
She revealed that the show has changed her outlook on life, leaving Kathryn in tears.
“It has been life changing. I would say that I am a totally different person to what I was seven years ago,” she said.
Clare’s mum, Vera O’Donovan, has also noticed the changes in her daughter, commenting that Dara is definitely looking out for her and helping her through this time.
“It is marvellous to see Clare as she is now, in the state of mind that she’s in. It is something that we never thought we would never see again, the old Clare, but she is getting there.
“That is something we have prayed for and wished for. Maybe Dara is doing this for her, but certainly someone is helping her because she is getting back and there is no doubt about that,” said Vera.
Not only has she impressed her family, but also the panel.
Dr Eddie Murphy said, “You didn’t look for somebody new. You found your old self and that is what transformation was about for you.
“When it comes to bereavement and loss, what you are doing offers a light of hope for other families in traumatic grief. I just think you are an amazing person.”
Dr Ciara Kelly also mirrored Eddie’s sentiments, explaining that she too has a son who’s the same age as Dara was when he passed away, and congratulated Clare on her courage, and ability to inspire people around the country.
“I have a son the same age as Dara and I have kind of mentally walked in your shoes, and I don’t know how you did it.
“Every week you come out with such dignity and such integrity and such truth and you tell it like it is.
“I doubt you know how many people you have helped around the country. It has been a privilege to have witnessed this and to be with you here. Thank you Clare, thank you for sharing all of this with us.”