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New home for 750-pound woman
Fox News Tampa Bay ^ | September 12, 2011 | Ken Suarez

Posted on 09/13/2011 3:03:00 PM PDT by triumphant values

AKELAND - Two and half months is a long time to be stuck in the hospital, especially if you don't really have to be there. Yvonne Gallimore has been living at Lakeland Regional Medical Center because she had no place else to go.

Now, she finally does. Gallimore just moved into a duplex provided by the Lakeland Housing Authority. It's a big improvement, but not easy living yet. It has big, French doors, so she can get out quickly in case of an emergency.

"I was glad to get out of there," she said on Monday.

When emergency workers took Gallimore to the hospital a few months ago, they had to take down the bedroom wall of her old place because they couldn't get her out any other way.

After a FOX 13 viewer saw her story, she donated $100,000 to help.

(Excerpt) Read more at myfoxtampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charity; governmenthealthcare; governmenthousing; humanbeing; obese
Gallimore just moved into a duplex provided by the Lakeland Housing Authority.

Unfreakingbelievable

It's a big improvement, but not easy living yet.

Oh, well pardon me, for not providing your sloppy, disgusting body with better digs with my tax dollars. Please forgive me.

1 posted on 09/13/2011 3:03:06 PM PDT by triumphant values
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To: triumphant values

The Zoo would have been better.


2 posted on 09/13/2011 3:05:14 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: triumphant values
It has big, French doors, so she can get out quickly in case of an emergency.

Well, I hope she never has to haul ass, because she'd need to make two trips.

3 posted on 09/13/2011 3:05:23 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: triumphant values

“After a FOX 13 viewer saw her story, she donated $100,000 to help.”

That was a kind gesture on the donor’s part. Is’s better to help the needy in that way than with taxpayer money and it usually produces better results.


4 posted on 09/13/2011 3:06:15 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Thankfully, now when she sits around the house, she really sits around the house.


5 posted on 09/13/2011 3:06:33 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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To: triumphant values

Disgusting. This is what Paul was talking about last night. Being in a free society means making decisions. She decided to stuff her face.


6 posted on 09/13/2011 3:07:09 PM PDT by albie
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To: triumphant values
'After a FOX 13 viewer saw her story, she donated $100,000 to help.'

Shocking. I thought our 'community' would leave her in the gutter to die. I'll email this one to Blitzer.

7 posted on 09/13/2011 3:07:23 PM PDT by Palter (Even liberals need jobs.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
New home for 750-pound woman


8 posted on 09/13/2011 3:08:06 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Well, I hope she never has to haul ass, because she'd need to make two trips.

Sorry but I have to disagree. At 750 pounds, I'm thinking it'll easily take at least three or four trips.

9 posted on 09/13/2011 3:09:01 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Clintonfatigued
That was a kind gesture on the donor’s part.

It was a stupid gesture giving that much to someone who is self-destructive and really just engaging in a drawn out suicide.

10 posted on 09/13/2011 3:10:52 PM PDT by triumphant values
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To: triumphant values

Two and a half months in the hospital, did she take the opportunity for medically supervised weight loss? Educate herself on a healthy diet? Participate in family therapy so that her family members no longer enable her pathology?

100K donation from one woman, a four-bedroom house from Habitat for Humanity, public housing until that’s ready...why, why, why?

Bartender, a round of co-dependent therapy for the house!


11 posted on 09/13/2011 3:11:24 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: triumphant values

I fervently hope google won't catch her taking a jug shower outside her front door...

12 posted on 09/13/2011 3:12:45 PM PDT by null and void (Day 966 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: triumphant values

She got $100,000.00 but will be living in a Lakeland Housing Authority house?

Couldn’t she buy her own damn house?

If I was going to make a donation, I’d make it to a Medifast doctor so he could help get her to a healthy weight.

I can’t believe we subsidize these people. They’re “disabled” because they’re too fat to function. I’d rather “invest” in an inpatient weight loss program and after that let her fend for herself without freaking food stamps!


13 posted on 09/13/2011 3:17:16 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: triumphant values

Is it that or a medical condition? Sometimes people gain vast amounts of weight after losing the ability to walk. Some kinds of medicine cause the metabolism to slow down. I don’t know enough about this woman to make any judgement.


14 posted on 09/13/2011 3:17:29 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: null and void

[cue Sam Kinison screaming]


15 posted on 09/13/2011 3:17:29 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: triumphant values

Okay, this article says she has lymphedema.

http://www.newschief.com/article/20110529/news/105295053

So I have more sympathy for her. I was uncharitable.

But I’m not sure how anyone can live carrying around 600 lbs of fluid - it would be weeping through her skin.


16 posted on 09/13/2011 3:18:24 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: triumphant values
This is really sad..Poor woman may not be able to help being heavy and people always have to make a joke out of someones misfortunes..

I will tell you a little story it is about my sister she was always heavy but not near as heavy as this lady is..I had a cousin that made fun of her every time she saw my sister..One day I told cousin you know what one day when you are fat I hope you remember what you did to Linda and made fun of her..I said you will get paid back one day..Well she did and she became very over weight she is still fighting the pounds..I forgave her she was a little girl but you people are adults..Shame on you..

17 posted on 09/13/2011 3:18:43 PM PDT by PLD
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To: heartwood

I just can’t believe that there isn’t a medical issue with overly obese people like this. How can you eat to sustain this weight. I feel sorry for people like this. Not only must their lives be misery but then they are degraded and mocked by all you beautiful people. Say a prayer for her.


18 posted on 09/13/2011 3:19:31 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: triumphant values

“It was a stupid gesture giving that much to someone who is self-destructive and really just engaging in a drawn out suicide.”

This is no different than providing a gift card from a liquor store to an alcoholic.


19 posted on 09/13/2011 3:21:33 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: No Socialist

“How can you eat to sustain this weight”

Someone has to be an enabler. She wouldn’t be able to fix her own food or even make it to the kitchen.


20 posted on 09/13/2011 3:22:54 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: No Socialist

“I just can’t believe that there isn’t a medical issue with overly obese people like this.”

Uhhh...”big bones”?


21 posted on 09/13/2011 3:23:21 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: triumphant values
"Oh, well pardon me, for not providing your sloppy, disgusting body with better digs with my tax dollars. Please forgive me. "

Triumphant Values, an apt screen name for someone who has such high Christian values. You represent our community excellently.

22 posted on 09/13/2011 3:24:08 PM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: triumphant values

Just reading the headline...

Wasn’t the White House big enough?


23 posted on 09/13/2011 3:24:16 PM PDT by fwdude ("When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve ...")
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To: Clintonfatigued

It is a kind gesture. I just wonder if there were more deserving needy people that it could have went to.


24 posted on 09/13/2011 3:24:49 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: albie
She decided to stuff her face.

What's disgusting is someone else must be bringing the food for her to stuff her face, cleaning up after her, donating all sorts of materials for her to keep herself occupied, and now they still feel sorry for her so they gave her $100,000 and will help put up a new home that she'll never clean or take care of. Is this a great country or what?

25 posted on 09/13/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: triumphant values

They should have put this poor woman on a diet of some kind and gotten her psychiatric help to figure out why she needs to hide behind all this weight. I’m sure there is a beautiful person hiding in there and they need to find her. I wish her luck.


26 posted on 09/13/2011 3:28:39 PM PDT by mardi59 (Time to turn off the tv so I don't break it..)
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To: All

She has lymphedema, see post 16 for link.

Not obesity, or not all obesity. Bad lymphedema is a crippling illness and difficult to treat.


27 posted on 09/13/2011 3:29:05 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: null and void; Lazamataz

Laz?????????


28 posted on 09/13/2011 3:29:30 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: heartwood

Oh, that is such an awful disease. I was just looking at the picture and thinking that the woman’s face didn’t look at all like a 750 pound woman that didn’t care about her looks. Thanks for posting this information.


29 posted on 09/13/2011 3:32:36 PM PDT by Eva
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To: No Socialist

I watched a tv show years ago that had a five hundred plus pounder on it. He showed what he ate every day. It was simply amazing. He consumed in excess of 10,000 calories every day by eating entire pizzas, cartons of ice cream, bags of chips, etc. He had zero remorse.


30 posted on 09/13/2011 3:33:50 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: triumphant values
no empty boxcars around???
31 posted on 09/13/2011 3:34:18 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: PLD

Nonsense.
If you stop putting things in your mouth, and exercise,you will not get fat.

I had thyroid disease and it was hard, but you simply need self control.
Lazy people cannot do the exercise part, but they can stop overeating!


32 posted on 09/13/2011 3:38:57 PM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Bon mots

It’s not fat, it’s fluid. The woman has severe chronic lymphedema. The only treatment is draining the fluid or bandaging the affected areas with compressive bandages. It has something to do with abnormal veins and can be present from birth.


33 posted on 09/13/2011 3:42:45 PM PDT by Eva
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To: Bob

A forklift.


34 posted on 09/13/2011 3:56:29 PM PDT by SkyDancer (A critic is like a legless man who teaches running.)
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To: heartwood

The disease is terribly frustrating, can have numerous causes, including being congenital and due to breast cancer, or happen spontaneously after a lymph node biopsy.

I knew a woman who had it, and it had developed to the elephantiasis stage, in just one leg. The rest of her was normal sized. The tissues of the leg had become fibrous-tough, and she and her husband had become used to looking at her toes at frequent intervals, because unpredictably it might cut off blood flow to her lower leg, and she would have only minutes to get to an ER, or lose her leg.

And the worst part was that every day, she had to ask herself the question, “would it just be easier if my leg was amputated?” That sort of thought really eats away at you.


35 posted on 09/13/2011 3:56:33 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Palter
'After a FOX 13 viewer saw her story, she donated $100,000 to help.'

Would have better been spent underwriting gastric bypass surgery.

36 posted on 09/13/2011 4:10:33 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: GatorGirl

“She got $100,000.00 but will be living in a Lakeland Housing Authority house?

Couldn’t she buy her own damn house?”

It gets worse if you read the whole story. She’s only living in the housing authority house temporarily, until her brand new Habitat for Humanity house gets finished. They even let her give them input on the design of the house. So, free hospital stay, free temporary housing, free custom-built house, and then $100,000 to boot!

For the life of me, I can’t see why she is allowed to leave the hospital to go anywhere other than a mental institution. We may not be big on involuntary commitment anymore, but if you are 750 lbs, you are by definition an immediate danger to yourself, since you are already in the process of committing suicide!


37 posted on 09/13/2011 4:17:03 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Wookie should be at her bed side instructing her on the good healthy foods.


38 posted on 09/13/2011 4:21:55 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Boogieman

Wookie should be at her bed side instructing her on the good healthy foods.


39 posted on 09/13/2011 4:22:05 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Boogieman
Well, the story leaves many detailed unrevealed, but it strikes me that the $100,000.00 might not be going directly to the sponger. The new house is being built by Habitat, and they require sweat equity (which in this case is just a horrible visual), and they may being paying someone to contribute to the project.

What really grates on me is that the taxpayers have been supporting this woman for a very long time. Her daughter and 2 grandchildren are moving in with her to the 4-bedroom home, so there is some indication that her daughter is a sponger too.

It would be nice if family, church, and voluntary charity were taking care of this family, but the truth is that the gubmint has stepped-in instead. Will the grandchildren ever work and be productive members of society when all they have ever known is adults collecting disability and someone building a home for you because you are obese? The outlook is bleak.

I am not without sympathy for her medical condition, but we are tapped-out. Multiply this woman by millions and understand why we find ourselves in a boat with little water.

40 posted on 09/13/2011 4:27:00 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: freeangel

“Someone has to be an enabler. She wouldn’t be able to fix her own food or even make it to the kitchen.”

Not so...

http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/38022/fattest-women-in-heavyweight-title-bout/

Enjoy the photo’s!


41 posted on 09/13/2011 4:28:32 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
"And the worst part was that every day, she had to ask herself the question, “would it just be easier if my leg was amputated?”

In the middle of reading the second paragraph of your comments, I had already decided that the leg would come off, were it mine. It surprises me that the doctors had not given her that decision already.

42 posted on 09/13/2011 4:29:30 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: triumphant values
Why don't you educate yourself on the topic before you post an article with the sole intent to disparage the subject?
This woman has been battling a debilitating illness for over 17 years.
She didn't “eat her way” into this condition, and no amount of “healthy living” will ever get her out of it.

Sure sounds like obvious disability to me, cue in SS benefits.
BTW, you do know she once worked, and also paid taxes don't you?
No?
Pardon me for not forgiving your ugly, disgusting, self-righteous, ignorant rant about a neighbor./sarcasm//

Are you one of the bureaucrats in the Social Security office that routinely deny all claims, hoping the taxpayer dies of frustration first? Just curious.

43 posted on 09/13/2011 5:46:54 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: bigfootbob

Eeeeewww!


44 posted on 09/14/2011 6:17:58 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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