World's fattest man loses 385 pounds to go under knife – Daily Mail

World's fattest man loses 385 pounds to go under knife – Daily Mail


The world’s heaviest man who has spent seven years confined to a bed has gone into hospital before having life-saving gastric bypass surgery after losing 385 pounds to go under the knife.

Juan Pedro Franco, who once weighed more than half a ton, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on May 9.

The 32-year-old, from Aguascalientes in Mexico, is almost as obese as Mexican man Manuel Uribe – who was once considered the world’s fattest man before he died in 2014. 

Juan Pedro Franco, pictured surrounded by medics,  once weighed more than half a ton

Juan Pedro Franco, pictured surrounded by medics,  once weighed more than half a ton

Juan Pedro Franco, pictured surrounded by medics, once weighed more than half a ton

Juan Pedro Franco, pictured, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on May 9.

Juan Pedro Franco, pictured, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on May 9.

Juan Pedro Franco, pictured, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on May 9.

The surgery is scheduled to take place after Mr Franco dropping from his previous weight of 1297 pounds (92 stone 9lbs) over the last couple of months.

He will have five days of intense tests to prepare for the operation with his blood, imaging, pulmonary and cardiac function studied by a team of doctors.

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

Mr Franco first made headlines in November when he was admitted to the clinic after making the trip via a specially-adapted van to the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Using special equipment and a special ambulance he was removed from his house and taken to hospital, Xinhua news agency reported.  

The surgery is scheduled to take place after Mr Franco, pictured, dropped 385 pounds over the last couple of months

The surgery is scheduled to take place after Mr Franco, pictured, dropped 385 pounds over the last couple of months

The surgery is scheduled to take place after Mr Franco, pictured, dropped 385 pounds over the last couple of months

Mr Franco is having five days of intense tests  to prepare for the operation with his blood, imaging, pulmonary and cardiac function studied by a team of doctors

Mr Franco is having five days of intense tests  to prepare for the operation with his blood, imaging, pulmonary and cardiac function studied by a team of doctors

Mr Franco is having five days of intense tests to prepare for the operation with his blood, imaging, pulmonary and cardiac function studied by a team of doctors

Threats to his health ranging from diabetes to organ failure prompted the surgery

Threats to his health ranging from diabetes to organ failure prompted the surgery

Threats to his health ranging from diabetes to organ failure prompted the surgery

Mr Franco has battled obesity all of his life, but the problem took a turn for the worse following an injury at age 17.

He is from the small Mexican state of Aguacalientes and has been in Guadalajara for his treatment over the last couple of months.

His mother Maria de Jesus Salas Lemus is optimistic about the outcome of the surgery.

Mr Franco's doctor Jose Castaneda will operate together with other specialists for the procedure

Mr Franco's doctor Jose Castaneda will operate together with other specialists for the procedure

Mr Franco’s doctor Jose Castaneda will operate together with other specialists for the procedure

Mr Franco first made headlines in November when he was admitted to the clinic after making the trip via a specially-adapted van to the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco

Mr Franco first made headlines in November when he was admitted to the clinic after making the trip via a specially-adapted van to the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco

Mr Franco first made headlines in November when he was admitted to the clinic after making the trip via a specially-adapted van to the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco

According to the World Health Organisation, Mexico is a global leader in obesity with 35 percent of its adolescents overweight or obese

According to the World Health Organisation, Mexico is a global leader in obesity with 35 percent of its adolescents overweight or obese

According to the World Health Organisation, Mexico is a global leader in obesity with 35 percent of its adolescents overweight or obese

Threats to his health ranging from diabetes to organ failure prompted the surgery. 

Mr Franco’s doctor Jose Castaneda will operate together with other specialists including an instrumentalist as well as a team of two anaesthesiologists and a cardiologist who will watch over his vital signs during the 20 -minute surgery.

According to the World Health Organisation, Mexico is a global leader in obesity with 35 percent of its adolescents overweight or obese.

HOW DID MR FRANCO BALLOON TO BECOME WORLD’S FATTEST?

Juan Pedro Franco says he was chubby at school – at six years old he weighed nearly 10 stone.

The suffering Mexican’s weight went up and up and at 17 he weighed just over 36 stone.

His weight ballooned further as a teenager when he had a crippling traffic accident, followed by a bout of pneumonia, which left him bed-ridden for more than a year. 

The accomplished guitar player appealed for help last July when he announced he weighed just over 60 stone, revealing he hadn’t left his box room for six years.

He said he feared he would die after having to quit a special diet which his OAP parents couldn’t afford.

His plight became world news when pictures emerged of him being transported from his home in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes to a clinic 100 miles away in Guadalajara last November.

He was then was initially thought to weigh 79 stone. However, doctors discovered he was nearly 15 stone heavier than they first thought.

When he was taken to hospital he was found to weigh a near record-breaking 92st 9lbs.

Franco was put on a three-month diet so that he could be considered for weight loss surgery booked in for May.

Doctor Jose Antonio Castaneda, the specialist assisting him, said: ‘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.’  

Mr Franco’s operation will come just days after an Egyptian once believed to be the world’s heaviest woman left hospital following drastic weight-loss surgery.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty weighed about 1102 pounds when she arrived in Mumbai in February, but has shed an astonishing 712 pounds since undergoing a series of medical procedures.

She will begin a year-long course of physiotherapy at VPS Burjeel hospital in Abu Dhabi, her doctors in Mumbai said.

‘We have arranged for a hydraulic stretcher from Italy for Eman’s journey and she will have doctors, paramedics and nurses with her during the journey,’ a spokesman said.

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, pictured, weighed about 1102 pounds when she arrived in Mumbai in February

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, pictured, weighed about 1102 pounds when she arrived in Mumbai in February

Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, pictured, weighed about 1102 pounds when she arrived in Mumbai in February

Abd El Aty, pictured right, has shed an astonishing 712 pounds since undergoing a series of medical procedures

Abd El Aty, pictured right, has shed an astonishing 712 pounds since undergoing a series of medical procedures

Abd El Aty, pictured right, has shed an astonishing 712 pounds since undergoing a series of medical procedures

Abd El Aty was put on a special liquid diet in India to reduce her weight enough so that doctors could perform bariatric surgery.

The stomach-shrinking bypass procedure is increasingly common in India, which has a growing problem with obesity, particularly in urban areas.

She had not left her home in Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria for two decades until she arrived in India on a specially-modified Airbus plane in February.

Her family told doctors that as a child she was diagnosed with elephantiasis, a condition that causes the limbs and other body parts to swell, leaving her almost immobile.

Abd El Aty, pictured as a child - she is now 37, had not left her home in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria for two decades

Abd El Aty, pictured as a child - she is now 37, had not left her home in Egypt's Mediterranean port city of Alexandria for two decades

Abd El Aty, pictured as a child, arrived in India on a specially-modified plane in February

Abd El Aty, pictured as a child, arrived in India on a specially-modified plane in February

Abd El Aty, pictured as a child – she is now 37, had not left her home in Egypt’s Mediterranean port city of Alexandria for two decades until she arrived in India on a specially-modified plane in February

Abd El Aty has suffered a stroke and faced a series of other serious ailments owing to her weight including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension and sleep deprivation.

She is unable to speak properly and is partially paralysed.

India is a major destination for medical tourists seeking quality services and no waiting lists at a fraction of the cost of western countries.



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