Andrés Moreno Sepúlveda weighed 70 stone (980lbs) at his heaviest, and became internationally renown. Last month Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid footballer, sent him a signed shirt in a bid to encourage him in his quest to lose weight.
“I want to thank everyone, especially Ronaldo, for taking interest in my case,” he said.
“Sometimes you think that people live in another world way from the people, but that is not the case.
“I feel as if I have got a Christmas gift before Christmas.”