Man weighing over 500kg hoisted onto truck with crane and sent to hospital

27 April 2015 / 1 year 6 months ago

A man weighing over 500kg was hoisted onto a truck by a crane and moved to hospital after his nursing home was forced to shut.

Robert Butler, from Providence, Rhode Island, was transported on Sunday – after the Bannister House care home was forced to shut due to crippling debts.

But despite the journey being just eight miles, it took seven hours for crews to remove him from the four-storey building and take him to hospital.

Local health official Michael Raia explained that a ‘co-ordinated approach’ had been needed to transport him, reports Asian Town.

‘This is a patient with very complicated medical needs and it’s required a coordinated approach across state government,’ he told. ‘His care and safety has been our top priority throughout this transport.’

Butler was initially transferred to the home almost a decade ago, as he attempted to lose weight in order to medically qualify for gastric bypass surgery. But during his time at the home, he never lost the weight and instead piled on 300kgs.

And he was refused treatment under Medicaid, an American social health care program for low income citizens.

‘It’s odd because the government will give me money to survive every month but they won’t help me to get off disability, Butler said in 2006. ‘I want to work. I want to start a career again. I’m willing to chance dying on that operating table instead of dying in this bed’.

Photos 1 to 4 are related to the incident, while the rest show other weight-related controversies.

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