Sunday, November 27, 2011

Former world's fattest man begs for NHS operation to remove folds of skin

A British man who at one time was the fattest in the world is pleading with the NHS to remove unsightly flaps of flesh after he managed to lose more than half of his body weight.

Paul Mason, 50, who weighed 60 stone (14 pounds per stone) two years ago, had gastric bypass after he was told he was going to die.
But as you can see in the photos, he has been left with lots and lots of excess skin after all the weight loss.
Mr. Mason now wants an operation to remove all that hanging skin from his stomach, arms and legs, and wants others to pay for it.

The National Health Service is refusing to perform cosmetic surgery because they want him to maintain a stable weight before it can even be considered.

But Mr Mason, who has already cost the system £1million (1.5649 million U.S. dollars) says "I just need a little bit more help. I feel like I have been just left high and dry."
"I need this operation to be able to get my life back, to be able to get back into society. It is stopping me living a reasonable life."

The former postman, used to consume 20,000 calories a day and wasn't able to perform his job as a postman when his weight got in the way.
He was transferred to a sorting office, where he was fired and sent to jail for six months for stealing from customers letters.

In 2009, Mr Mason underwent a £30,000 operation, paid for by the NHS, limiting the amount he could eat.

This new surgery will cost around £1,500 to £6,000 if he decides to pay for the surgery himself. (fat chance)

His health care costs taxpayers around £100,000 a year and it is now over £1million over the past 15 years

Maybe it's time for Paul Mason to put up his own money where is mouth is.