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Gingersnap
10-21-2009, 12:03 PM
By EMMA MORTON
Health and Science Editor

Published: 20 Oct 2009

THE world's heaviest man is a Brit who has ballooned to 70 STONE, it was revealed yesterday.
Paul Mason, 48, needs a 20,000 life-saving op after a compulsive eating disorder left him "super-obese".

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Paul . . . op to control eating

He eats 20,000 calories of food a day - EIGHT TIMES the official adult male average of 2,500. Paul scoffs three family-sized takeaways a night and wolfs down Sunday roasts like snacks. He has spent much of the past eight years in bed at his home in Ipswich, Suffolk.

His care costs taxpayers an estimated 100,000 a year.

And now he needs drastic stomach surgery to stop him eating and keep him alive - at a cost of 20,000 to the NHS. But first health chiefs have to tackle the problem of transporting Paul to a specialist hospital 152 miles from his home.

They even considered using an RAF Chinook HELICOPTER to airlift him to the unit in Chichester, West Sussex.

They have ruled out that option and Paul will now travel in a five-ton ambulance specially built for obese people at a cost of 90,000. An NHS Suffolk spokesman said: "This man is very ill and this is life-saving surgery. "The nature of his illness is psychological and the NHS has a duty to help him.

"He is in a very fragile state and needs help. We are exploring all options for transporting him from his home to hospital but we have now ruled out an airlift. "The most important aspect of transporting him is preserving his dignity and looking after his safety. "We have not had anything like this before."

Susie Squire, of the Taxpayers' Alliance, said: "While it is important to get this man the medical attention he needs, cost-effective methods must be used."

Paul has battled a compulsive eating disorder most of his adult life. His widowed mother Janet looked after him but she died six weeks ago at 76. He now has two carers treating him.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2690244/70-stone-Briton-Paul-Mason-is-worlds-heaviest-man.html#ixzz0UaAX3Zq1

How much would it cost the NHS to tell his "carers" not to answer the door when he buys family-sized take-out meals several times a day?

Operating on this guy might extend his life for a couple of years but this kind of problem is just going to come back if he doesn't get in-patient psychiatric care for a considerable amount of time.

megimoo
10-21-2009, 12:09 PM
How much would it cost the NHS to tell his "carers" not to answer the door when he buys family-sized take-out meals several times a day?

Operating on this guy might extend his life for a couple of years but this kind of problem is just going to come back if he doesn't get in-patient psychiatric care for a considerable amount of time.The first operation should be on his brain !

linda22003
10-21-2009, 12:09 PM
Exactly. He can't fend for himself, so he has to take what he's given, basically. He can order vast amounts of food, but can't go to the door to collect it or pay for it. If he won't try eating less under supervision like this, what are the odds he will be willing to after the operation?

Rockntractor
10-21-2009, 12:13 PM
My quad cab ford diesel worked fine for hauling my sister in-law as long as you kept her centered in the vehicle.

hampshirebrit
10-21-2009, 12:13 PM
Exactly. He can't fend for himself, so he has to take what he's given, basically. He can order vast amounts of food, but can't go to the door to collect it or pay for it. If he won't try eating less under supervision like this, what are the odds he will be willing to after the operation?

No, we're bloody well paying for the fat git. :mad:

I reckon the only reason they yanked the airlift-by-Chinook scheme was that they realised in the nick of time how that would play in the UK press, given that there is a real need for airlift capacity in Afghan.

noonwitch
10-21-2009, 04:26 PM
If he doesn't get the surgery, he will die soon. If he does get the surgery, he could die on the table.

What would Obama's death panel do?

Gingersnap
10-21-2009, 04:48 PM
If he doesn't get the surgery, he will die soon. If he does get the surgery, he could die on the table.

What would Obama's death panel do?

Fire his home health aides (which would actually be beneficial in a lot of ways). :D

stsinner
10-21-2009, 05:29 PM
These very rarely every end as a success story... I'd make him stop eating so damned much and not spend a dime on him.. Since no toilet in the world would support 900 lbs, just how does he go to the bathroom? :eek: That must be a fun cleanup job for whoever takes care of him...

hampshirebrit
10-21-2009, 07:46 PM
These very rarely every end as a success story... I'd make him stop eating so damned much and not spend a dime on him.. Since no toilet in the world would support 900 lbs, just how does he go to the bathroom? :eek: That must be a fun cleanup job for whoever takes care of him...

Please, let's not go there ... the picture of him above, in which he is not going to the lavatory, is quite revolting enough.

Looking at that, it's obvious that it's a very long time since he's seen his own penis, even with the aid of a full length mirror, so it's safe to assume that wiping his own bottom is, for him, clearly not an option.

See, look what you made me say. :mad::mad::D

lacarnut
10-21-2009, 08:03 PM
Please, let's not go there ... the picture of him above, in which he is not going to the lavatory, is quite revolting enough.

Looking at that, it's obvious that it's a very long time since he's seen his own penis, even with the aid of a full length mirror, so it's safe to assume that wiping his own bottom is, for him, clearly not an option.

See, look what you made me say. :mad::mad::D

You have not lived until you have changed your parents diapers. With him, you would need a wheelbarrow for hauling purposes. I know, I am a sick puppy.:)