World Fattest Man Prepares For Life Saving Surgery After Spending Nearly Seven Years Confined To A Bed

By mirror.co.uk

The world’s fattest man is preparing for life-saving gastric bypass surgery after spending nearly seven years confined to a bed.

Juan Pedro Franco, who once weighed more than half a ton, has lost a whopping 27 and a half stone to go under the knife.

The 32-year-old, from Aguascalientes in Mexico, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on Tuesday.

He will go through a series of intense tests, with his blood, imaging, pulmonary and cardiac function studied by a team of doctors.

Doctors hope the surgery will help Juan walk again – after being confined to his bed for nearly seven years.
Juan Pedro Franco used to weigh a ton

(Photo: AFP)

He has lost a whopping 27 and a half stone to go under the knife

 

 

(Photo: AFP)

The 32-year-old, from Aguascalientes in Mexico, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on Tuesday

(Photo:AFP)

Dr Jose Antonio Castaneda Cruz said: “He has lost nearly 30 per cent of his initial weight, so he is ready to undergo the bariatric surgery.”

Juan discovered in November that he was actually 15 stone heavier than doctors first thought.

Doctors believed he weighed nearly 79 stone when he was taken to hospital earlier that month for surgery.

But tests showed his true weight to be 92 stone 9lbs- just over a stone short of record-breaking compatriot Manuel Uribe who reached a peak weight of 94 stone before dying in May 2014.
He will go through a series of intense tests, with his blood, imaging, pulmonary and cardiac function studied by a team of doctors

(Photo:AFP)

Doctors hope the surgery will help Juan walk again – after being confined to his bed for nearly seven years
Juan has pleaded for help in losing weight

Dr Cruz said at the time they would go ahead with their pre-arranged diet plan, adding: “Everything we’re doing has been mapped out and if everything goes to plan in a year and a half we’ll have him down to between 12 and 14 stone.

“Initially we didn’t think he was going to be apt for this treatment because of his level of obesity and a lung problem he suffers, but now we’re seeing a more promising horizon.”

Juan’s plight became world news in November last year when pictures emerged of him being transported from his home to a clinic 100 miles away in Guadalajara where he is now being treated.
Juan’s doctor, Jose Antonio Castaneda Cruz, said: “He has lost nearly 30 per cent of his initial weight, so he is ready to undergo the bariatric surgery”

World’s fattest man Juan Pedro Franco is actually 15 stone heavier than first thought – tipped scales at 92 stone
He had appealed for help in July when he announced he weighed just over 60 stone, revealing he hadn’t left his box room for six years and feared he would die after having to quit a special diet which his OAP parents couldn’t afford.

He was chubby at school but his weight ballooned after a crippling traffic accident he suffered as a teenager which left him bed-ridden for more than a year, followed by a bout of pneumonia.

Admitting in a TV interview last year, he said he’d been ribbed over his size at school.

He said: “When I was six years old I already weighed nearly 10 stone and it’s gone up and up since.
Juan’s plight became world news in November last year when pictures emerged of him being transported from his home to a clinic 100 miles away in Guadalajara
He had appealed for help in July when he announced he weighed just over 60 stone, revealing he hadn’t left his box room for six years

“At 17 I weighed just over 36 stone. That was when I had an accident and broke half my body and spent a year and a half in bed.

“I’m looking forward to going out again, driving again, singing. That’s what I like doing. God willing, I’ll be able to do all those things in the future.”

He said in November: “I’ve been trying to make sure I stay calm and don’t get too stressed out.

“I’ve been doing the lung exercises my doctor has ordered and taking the medicine they’ve given me, and spend some time every day playing the guitar and a piano.”
Juan Pedro now has a desperate attempt to lose weight

Compatriot Manuel Uribe lost half his body weight with the help of doctors and nutritionists after reaching his peak weight – but died in his native city of Monterrey in northern Mexico on May 26, 2014.

He was 62 stone at the time.

He drew worldwide attention in January 2006 when he made an emotional plea on a Mexican TV network that prompted both private and public help.

He was also featured on ‘The World’s Heaviest Man’, a 2007 television documentary about his bedridden life and attempts to overcome his obesity.

Nearly 75 per cent of adults in Mexico are considered overweight or obese and the prevalence of diabetes ranks among the highest in the world.

The country recently declared a nationwide epidemiological emergency on diabetes.

This article was originally published at mirror.co.uk

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