Ipswich: Former fattest man in Britain attacks treatment
PUBLISHED: 17:37 23 May 2012 | UPDATED: 15:34 24 May 2012
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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.
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.”