Skip to comments.World's heaviest man could need airlift to British hospital as he weighs 70st
Posted on 10/19/2009 8:36:59 PM PDT by Saije
Doctors fighting to save the life of the world's heaviest man are considering calling in an RAF Chinook to move him 150 miles to a specialist centre that will treat him.
Paul Mason, who weighs 70 stone, needs the help of weight-loss doctors and possible surgery to lose tens of stones.
But the treatment will have to take place in Chichester, West Sussex, a considerable distance from his home in Ipswich.
The Health Service has introduced a number of the specialist ambulances designed to transport massively overweight patients but it is not clear if one can be made available to take 48-year-old Mr Mason to Chichester.
Health chiefs are therefore considering a number of alternative ways to transport him there, including using a Chinook.
Mr Mason, who has made numerous unsuccessful attempts to shed weight permanently and is now virtually immobile, lives in bungalow with a 4ft-wide front door.
If a cargo helicopter were used to take him to Chichester, the operation would probably involve moving him from his home in a specially reinforced wheelchair or stretcher to a nearby clearing where the helicopter would be able to land.
Several paramedics would then be needed to push Mr Mason - possibly with electronic assistance - along the loading ramp into the aircraft.
Mr Mason, a former engineer who suffers from food addiction, has previously admitted tucking into three family-sized takeaways every day - equivalent to around 20,000 calories. A typical adult male needs around 2,500 calories a day.
His weight had soared to 62 stone before he managed to drop to 45 stone in 2007. But he has has since put on another 25.
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1 stone = 14 pounds per Google. I learn something new everyday.
I don’t think bariatric or any other surgery will help him unless he fixes his head. I’ve seen folks gain weight after initially losing it from the surgery.
14 lbs per stone
That’s more than some horses.
I’m surprised they’re taking him in.
He weighs 70 stone?! Gads, that is one hefty fella! I feel “hefty” at 15st and I stand at 6’ 1”.
How do those people get so fat? The sun comes up and shines in the window, and then there's chores to do. Chocolate, beer, and coffee are afternoon luxuries. Someone isn't doing daily chores.
If he's been in bed, how's he getting all this food? Someone is bringing it to him, that's how. Why didn't they try to control his intake?
These kind of stories always make me ask, 'where do they get the money for all that food'? I make a pretty good salary and no way could I afford all the food that these super obese, HOUSEBOUND, folks eat. The food stamp allotment wouldn't be near enough to pay for all the food these people eat, so how do they do it?
It’s more than my horse and nearly a much as my half-ton pick-up.
How’d you like to be ina national health insurance pool with such folk?
I bet that would cost ya a couple cheesburgers to keep this fellow alive.
Guess I’m just a meany?
I always wonder how they wipe their you-know-whats.
My local TV station featured a ten year old boy who weighs 300 lbs. The Childrens Service Agency is threatening to remove him from his single parent home for neglect. Unfortunately, the mother looked to be 400 lbs and has to be part of the problem, altho genetics could also play a role in this obesity problem.
Your “half-ton” pickup weighs a couple of tons.
I wonder that too, 20,000 calories worth of food is a HUGE amount. That is about 8 pounds of bacon. I even saw one show where a person had a rig where he fashioned a pully and bucket system out his high rise window where he would hoist down money and a list and his friend would bring him food and hoist it back up.
You could afford it if you really worked at it. Buying bulk staples and cooking yourself. Buying bulk meat and cutting it yourself. Growing your own veggies.
Course, you couldn’t do all that if you were unable to get out of bed.
If you did it all on fast food drive throughs, the bill would probably be between 50 and a hundred bucks per day.
I’m only 170lbs and I can eat 12 bucks worth of drive through food in one meal if I really want to. I’m a big eater for my size. But jeeze, i could never do that two days in a row. Not even two meals in a row.
He’s getting lots of help. That is for sure.
Suprised his heart is still functioning.
It is also 125lbs of broccoli
70 stone equals 980 pounds (LB)
14 pounds to the stone...
112 pounds = one hundred weight...
the British ton = 20 cwt or hundred weight
2,240 pounds = one ton...
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