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‘World’s heaviest man’ leaves bed after 6 years

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MEXICO CITY – A Mexican man who weighs about 1,100 pounds (500 kilos) and who hadn’t left his bed in six years has been removed for medical treatment.

Special equipment was required to move 32-year-old Juan Pedro, a resident of the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes, on Tuesday. He is unable to walk due to his weight.

“To date, there has been no patient on the planet that weights this much,” his surgeon Jose Antonio Castaneda Cruz said.

Franco, who suffers from morbid obesity, diabetes and hypothyroidism, “was in a good mood last night as photo and video cameras filmed his admission to the clinic,” the daily El Debate said on its website.

“He took his cellphone and snapped several photos of the reporters, and said jokingly, ‘this is so you know how it feels,’” the daily said.

Castaneda told reporters the plan is to have Franco lose some weight over the next six months to prepare him for bariatric surgery.

“We are being cautious. We are seeing how much weight he can lose in order to operate on him,” Castaneda said.

“Due to the difficulty of the trip, his glucose levels are out of control,” he added. (AP/Xinhua)

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