Skip to comments.New home for 750-pound woman
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 ...
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.
The Zoo would have been better.
Well, I hope she never has to haul ass, because she'd need to make two trips.
“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.
Thankfully, now when she sits around the house, she really sits around the house.
Disgusting. This is what Paul was talking about last night. Being in a free society means making decisions. She decided to stuff her face.
Shocking. I thought our 'community' would leave her in the gutter to die. I'll email this one to Blitzer.
Sorry but I have to disagree. At 750 pounds, I'm thinking it'll easily take at least three or four trips.
It was a stupid gesture giving that much to someone who is self-destructive and really just engaging in a drawn out suicide.
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!
I fervently hope google won't catch her taking a jug shower outside her front door...
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!
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.
[cue Sam Kinison screaming]
Okay, this article says she has lymphedema.
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.
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..
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.
“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.
“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.
“I just cant believe that there isnt a medical issue with overly obese people like this.”
Triumphant Values, an apt screen name for someone who has such high Christian values. You represent our community excellently.
Just reading the headline...
Wasn’t the White House big enough?
It is a kind gesture. I just wonder if there were more deserving needy people that it could have went to.
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?
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.
She has lymphedema, see post 16 for link.
Not obesity, or not all obesity. Bad lymphedema is a crippling illness and difficult to treat.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Would have better been spent underwriting gastric bypass surgery.
“She got $100,000.00 but will be living in a Lakeland Housing Authority house?
Couldnt 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!
Wookie should be at her bed side instructing her on the good healthy foods.
Wookie should be at her bed side instructing her on the good healthy foods.
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.
“Someone has to be an enabler. She wouldnt be able to fix her own food or even make it to the kitchen.”
Enjoy the photo’s!
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.
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?
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.