PAUL Mason – once believed to be the fattest man in Britain – is back in hospital today after doctors discovered his gastric band has partially disintegrated.

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Mr Mason was admitted to Ipswich Hospital last week after he suffered complications following his gastric bypass surgery, which was carried out more than two years ago.

Speaking to the Ipswich Star from his hospital bed, a frustrated Mr Mason told of the pain he was suffering after undergoing his second major operation in just two-and-a-half-years.

Mr Mason tipped the scales at 70 stone at his heaviest, but now weighs less than 30 stone.

But his drastic weight loss has left him with folds of excess skin around his stomach, arms, and legs.

Since appearing in the Star last November, Mr Mason has been appealing for medics to remove the excess skin, which he believes weighs up to six stone.

He was taken to hospital on April 8 in the early hours of the morning after waking in excruciating pain.

He said: “I was then rushed to Ipswich Hospital and they wanted to carry out a CT scan. They took me down to have it but I couldn’t fit through the machine.

“I can’t understand how they didn’t know from looking at me that I wasn’t going to fit through. It didn’t make me feel very good.”

Eventually, following a normal x-ray, doctors discovered problems caused as a result of his gastric bypass surgery.

“They said that the pipe work from the gastric to the new stomach had disintegrated inside me,” he said.

“I put all of this happening down to the fact that after the initial surgery I wasn’t given any check-ups.

“I was told that I should have been having check-ups every six months but I have just been left to get on with it with no support.

“I think it is just a massive disgrace.

“I have now had to have all this surgery to repair the pipe. In fact it is a bigger operation than the last one that I had because the bypass was actually only key hole surgery.”

Mr Mason, who lives in east Ipswich, believes further surgery is the only way he could live a normal life again.

He has been appealing to NHS Suffolk to allow him to have three vital operations to remove the excess skin.

“I am doing my part in getting my weight down and they (NHS Suffolk) now need to do their part.”

A spokesman for NHS Suffolk said Mr Mason would have to remain at a steady weight before they would carry out any further operations.

Paula Gorvett, Director of Clinical Services for Surgery at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Chichester Hospital, where Mr Mason was treated said: “Unfortunately, the trust is unable to discuss the care of individual patients.

“In cases in which it is impractical for a patient to attend our hospitals for follow-up care we always continue to monitor them and work with their local health services to ensure they are able to access the appropriate care.”

28 comments

  • message to ukmartian, are you suggesting that surgery on the NHS should be means tested, i.e. all those with a certain amount of money in the bank should not have NHS treatment and should fund it themselves???!!!

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    logansmith

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • Surely with all the money Mr Mason has received from channel 4 & newspaper stories he can go private & stop blaming the NHS for everything.

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    H D

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • My boy was involved in an RTA last friday in Hadleigh and had to have his leg amputated.The treatment he has received from the NHS has been amazing.for this man to criticise the NHS is beyond belief.We have a service that provides 24 hour care even if your at home with the out of hours service.Myself i pity Mason he needs help and he should be grateful not bite of the hand that feeds him,but i suppose thats what landed him in this predicament in the first place.

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    william davis

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • Why does this man think the NHS should "do their part", he got to 70 stone all on his own without help but then expects others to sort it out and then he has the nerve to complain about it! Selfish, arrogant, ungrateful ... i can think of many other words but they wouldnt make print!!

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    MZH

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • I agree with the comments above. Part of it is keeping to a good diet and starting to exercise! this will help tone the body. The nhs have helped out in a major way but they have more important things to do that help someone who won't help themselves.

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    luvittwo

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • I wouldn't want to rush to insult Mr Mason- what he has is an eating disorder and I strongly believe that this shouldn't be tossed aside or belittled. Everyone has their own problems- some may be more visibly obvious than others but I don't think it's helpful to take out so much anger on this man. He may be getting expensive treatment, but relentless nastiness is more of a burden in our world, in my opinion.

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    potameides

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • You are a massive disgrace Paul!

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    David White

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • I just can't find the words to describe the myriad of reasons why I have no sympathy for Mr.mason.......

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    andy cran

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • “I think it is just a massive disgrace" So is your ability to keep eating (payed for by benifits from the taxpayer) then wanting more taxpayers money to solve what you have brought on!!

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    Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • Mr Mason has lost over half his body weight. Good for you, sir! Keep positive and keep on...you can lose more...you've come this far! Setbacks happen in life. This is one of them. I hope one day this will be just a memory for you. Join a weight loss group. You will find all kinds of people trying to do the same as you, and some positive feedback does wonders to helping you achieve your goals! So, take a deep breath and carry on.

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    Suziedarling

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • I would still like to know if all the people that are non-supportive of Mr Mason would also agree that.....If you had a loved one who was diagnosed with lung cancer because they used to smoke but have now given up, should the NHS help them???

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    logansmith

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • for the 3rd time of trying ! evening star moderator thanks for rejecting my views !! you have no room to complain paul mason, us normal people work hard to exist and not get given everything like you and compain how hard done by we are. cheers

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    rumbler

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • Pride of Ramparts!

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    Paul Wauly

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • potameides, that's the kind of politically correct response which has ruined this country and its freedom of speech. The guy is a huge cash burden. He set out to become the fattest man in the world as some sort of ridiculous aspiration! He is a drain on NHS resources which would be far better spent on those who really need the care. I feel nothing but contempt for Mr Mason, and secondary to this I am angered that the EADTArchant choose to publish such articles in an attempt to cause controversy. Similar stories have run previously and the outcome has always been the same... "Disgust" Please change the record.

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    Rory Breaker

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • All of you that sit and criticize Paul i'm guessing are the ideal weight.....? me myself would like to congratulate Paul on losing the weight he has i am currently overweight and the help i get from people is DIET.... i have a family of 5 children and my wife and i have tried to lose weight but cant,maybe if more people helped than criticized we would all be our perfect weight. good on you Paul we need to stick together and fight or we will never have any help. would like to meet you and fight together martin.bignell@yahoo.com

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    Martin Bignell

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • yet again another sob story from mr mason , all we have heard is this constant moaning from him , or is it another story as mr mason has been in the press he needs some more attention , after years of abusing his body us taxpayers are paying for his constant whinging , there are people dying from cancer and other things who do not whinge and moan they have accepted what they have got , they never criticise the nhs but are grateful to live that extra day , some people even choose to fund raise to help others , for god sake paul mason grow up and get on with your life and stop whinging , be grateful your alive for once after all you got yourself in this position , now get out of it , we dont want to see your face in the media spotlight all the time constantly putting down the nhs who do a fantastic job on the resources they have got

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    thedj101

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • Do we have to keep hearing about this vile individual?? The money (our money) he has spent on food in the last 20 years could have been spent on food for people that really are starving. To be honest I would rather it was all thrown out of a car window than spent on him. He owes big time and I have no time for these people who say he has an eating disorder...he doesnt he is just greedy and spoilt. Remember the TV documentary? I do..

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    Mr M

    Friday, May 25, 2012

  • paul you have help noone else to blame for your condition except yourself there are other people out there be gratefull if u can these people did not have to help you but they did stop moaning

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    jennifer sharpe

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • Unbelievable... simply unbelievable!

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    yellowcatfish

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • If you cant loose weight try less food and more exersise.

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    jem

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • This man gets all this money for being on TV telling his story. He rides around on his scooter who paid for that. He is always at the shops spending money, he is always in good clothes, maybe we are the ones who are wrong lets all get over weight and get everything handed to us on a plate then moan about how we are treated. This man needs to think of others who needs real help to live life.

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    rodney

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • This man is a disgrace. He was very lucky to get treatment in the first place considering that his condition is self inflicted. Thousands of cancer patients are denied life saving drugs, through no choice or fault of their own. To then blast the very system that helped you is disgusting. What more do you want?! Be grateful!

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    Karen M

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • Let me try again ...my last post was moderated ...I don't know why i only quoted previously printed facts I even praised Mr mason on his progress ...but basically i would kindly like to know where has all the money he has saved on food gone ...surely that should pay for his treatment the printed facts were that he spent £3000 a year on food ..he has now been dieting for over 2 years that equates to £6000 ..these facts are readily available. He should surely have enough saved to contribute to his treatment ....

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    ukmartian

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • I am sorry Mr Mason but your anger with the NHS is misdirected. There's only one person to blame for your condition. You should be grateful that they are trying to help you at great expense for your years of self abuse.

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    DirtyleedsHawks

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • I could not agree more your lifestyle is to blame for your size , and all other health issues . why dont you stop moaning and think that there are people out there that are sick and need a hospital bed , which would free up time and money wasted on you !!!

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    Lynne Taylor

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

  • Eating less would not see us taxpayers shelling out money for you.. haven't you taken up enough resources already?

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    Nemesis

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • I understand the views of those commenting on Mr Masons responsibilties regarding his previous diet and resulting condition. However, he is entitled to reasonable opportunity of quality of life that removal of excess skin would enable. There have been arguments against operations for those who smoke or consume too much alcohol that have resulted in medical interventions, so precedents have been set. I think he should get the skin removed and given an opportunity to live a normal life.

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    RUsure

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  • Mr Mason has a cheek to say he's doing his part in getting the weight down- only after an expensive op meaning he can't eat as much as before is getting the weight off! NHS Suffolk has done their part already paying for the op, taking money away from sick people! If he truly had done his part in losing weight then he'd never have needed the op.

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    K Mcc

    Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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