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Former world's fattest man poses naked in plea to NHS to remove excess skin

Post by Guest on Sat May 11, 2013 7:08 am

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A man once dubbed the world's fattest has released naked pictures of himself in a desperate plea to have his excess skin removed.

Paul Mason, who once tipped the scales at 70 stone, shed an incredible 46 stone after undergoing a gastric bypass operation.

But his drastic weight loss has left him with an estimated six stone of unsightly saggy skin hanging from every part of his body.

The 52-year-old claims that the loose skin is hindering his mobility and is affecting his health as the sheer weight of the excess folds even causes the skin to split, causing ugly, painful sores.

But the NHS have insisted that his weight must be stable for at least two years before he can go under the knife again.

Mr Mason, who now weighs 24 stone, has stripped for full length photographs in a bid to show doctors why he needs the surgery straight away.

He has sent the pictures to his GP who is using them as 'evidence' to present to NHS bosses in the hope that they will release the estimated £60,000 needed for the operation.

Mr Mason, who once gorged 20,000 calories a day due to a compulsive eating disorder, believes he has six stone of loose skin which needs to be removed.

The former postman wants an initial 'aponectomy' operation to take it from around his midriff and further surgery to take it from his arms and legs.

Mr Mason who survives on benefits and lives in a specially-adapted bungalow in Ipswich, Suffolk, has already cost the taxpayer an estimated £1million in medical and care bills over the last ten years.

He believes that further surgery and aftercare could lead to a total further bill for the NHS of up to £60,000.

He said: "I want health professionals to have a look and think 'it's about time we helped this chap'. It is about time that they see how bad things are for me.

"I have already sent the pictures to my GP and he is going to try and get me funding again - but I don't know if it will make any difference.

"The last time I wrote to the former local primary care trust asking for my skin to be removed, I did not even get a reply.

"They just sent a letter to my GP, saying that I had to be a stable weight before they could do anything.

"The problem is that I am still losing weight, so if in a few months' time, I will be even smaller and I will still not be stable in their eyes. I just feel like I am in limbo.

"I wonder if it will ever happen now. I met a lady the other day who has been waiting 13 years and she's only got about two stone of loose skin to be removed."

Mr Mason used to have round-the-clock carers looking after him while he was confined to his bed as his weight ballooned to 70 stone on a diet of junk food.

The weight began to drop off when he underwent gastric by-pass surgery in 2010 which forced him to eat smaller portions.

He added: "I know some people will find these pictures of me shocking, but I want to show how obesity can still affect you even after you have lost weight.

"I want the pictures to serve as a warning to people who are over-eating so they realise just how bad things can get.

"If people find it shocking perhaps they will think twice before they get themselves into the same state as me.

"My problem now is that my skin keeps splitting when I move around because of its weight. It leads to sores and is really painful.

"It is affecting my independence because I cannot try and walk as much as I would like and I still have to use my wheelchair to get around.

"I wanted people to see the issues that can happen to your body, to your skin, when you put an extreme amount of weight on. A lot of people think that's just going to shrink back, but it doesn't."

A spokesman for NHS's Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, the body responsible for funding operations, refused to discuss Mr Mason's case.

He said: "Before a patient has an operation it is important to take a balanced decision that is in the best interest of that patient.

"In cases like this NHS has a panel of people - including clinicians - who decide whether the patient should have such an operation.

"A patient must have a stable weight before he or she is considered."



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Whilst i feel sorry for the guy i don't think that the NHS can afford the surgery that he needs and why he looks bloody awful there isn't a threat to his life so the surgery should be denied imo.


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Post by Mama kaz on Sat May 11, 2013 7:17 am

his skin is splitting under the weight if it though, he's at risk of infection in that case...poor guy, it's a far better op than some bint getting huge boobs on the NHS...
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Post by Guest on Sat May 11, 2013 7:26 am

Mama kaz wrote:his skin is splitting under the weight if it though, he's at risk of infection in that case...poor guy, it's a far better op than some bint getting huge boobs on the NHS...

...Look at the cost of it though!..A few years ago i would have agreed with you but with the economic climate in this country the way that it is i wouldn't now.

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Post by Ali on Sat May 11, 2013 8:22 am

As much as i agree Dimps, if he's still losing weight wouldn't it be better to wait until it stabilises and then remove it all in one go, or maybe if there really is 6 stone in excess skin then he won't actually have much further to go and any extra weight he loses won't have too much of an effect by leaving vast amounts of loose skin?

I dunno.
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Post by Ali on Sat May 11, 2013 8:35 am

Dimples wrote:
Ali wrote:As much as i agree Dimps, if he's still losing weight wouldn't it be better to wait until it stabilises and then remove it all in one go, or maybe if there really is 6 stone in excess skin then he won't actually have much further to go and any extra weight he loses won't have too much of an effect by leaving vast amounts of loose skin?

I dunno.

I think it's the latter. He's lost most of the weight he's likely to lose now and I think his recovery will be aided if he is able to move more normally than would be possible with all that surplus skin.

He needs to be able to mobilise freely and embark upon proper physical exercise and that will be facilitated more easily without all that loose flesh getting in the way.

I can see that something needs to be done, I would imagine that the skin on his thighs must be teribly restrictive if what is on his arms is anything to go by.

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