Seventeen 999 staff carry 40 stone woman from Selsdon home

Seventeen 999 staff carry 40 stone woman from home

Seventeen 999 staff carry 40 stone woman from home

First published in News Exclusive by , Chief Reporter

It took 17 members of emergency services staff to carry a 40-stone woman from her home this morning.

The woman, suffering breathing difficulties, had to be lifted from the property in Wisborough Road, Selsdon.

One fire engine and one rescue unit from Croydon fire station were called to the scene by London Ambulance at 5.45am.

The crew supplied a basket stretcher, which was used to move the lady into the ambulance.

One firefighter said: "We formed a plan and we did think about taking out a window to get her out.

"But we used a basket stretcher and between the ambulance and ourselves we got her on the stretcher and on to the trolley.

"She was taken in a special bariatric ambulance which we had to order and wait for.

"It wasn't a tricky job but it was delicate, we are finding we are getting more of these calls."

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2:39pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Have your say says...

What a waste of money!

I would like to know where the person gets all the money from to
keep the weight on and whoever is feeding her should be ashamed that they are contributing to their early death
What a waste of money! I would like to know where the person gets all the money from to keep the weight on and whoever is feeding her should be ashamed that they are contributing to their early death Have your say
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3:58pm Mon 9 Jul 12

kazza76 says...

as a person who has had bariatric surgery you are clearly very biggoted. I was not as large as this lady,but still needed surgery none the less. you do not know if she had an underlying condition which has caused her weight to balloon to this high, i have diabetes and pcos both of which cause weight gain. would you be saying the same if she had anorexia..... im guessing not. granted there are people out there who are feeders and yes they should be ashamed of what they do. i was 22st. 9 lbs before my op in feb im now down to 17st.9lbs and its been very tough going, the drs should have got involved before her weight got to this extremity.
as a person who has had bariatric surgery you are clearly very biggoted. I was not as large as this lady,but still needed surgery none the less. you do not know if she had an underlying condition which has caused her weight to balloon to this high, i have diabetes and pcos both of which cause weight gain. would you be saying the same if she had anorexia..... im guessing not. granted there are people out there who are feeders and yes they should be ashamed of what they do. i was 22st. 9 lbs before my op in feb im now down to 17st.9lbs and its been very tough going, the drs should have got involved before her weight got to this extremity. kazza76
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3:55pm Tue 10 Jul 12

Have your say says...

You do not get to 40stones without masses of calories this is fact irrelevant if there are underlying medical issues. So my previous comment is valid
You do not get to 40stones without masses of calories this is fact irrelevant if there are underlying medical issues. So my previous comment is valid Have your say
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4:33pm Wed 11 Jul 12

ANNE GILES says...

High dose steroids also cause weight gain.
High dose steroids also cause weight gain. ANNE GILES
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5:02pm Wed 11 Jul 12

kazza76 says...

granted masses of calories were most likely involved this does not excuse the fact that this person has clearly got a serious health condition and it should be dealt with. i myself have tried numerous healthy eating plans and diets and exercise over the years and my weight would not budge. most people would rather see someone of this size die than get help because in most peoples opinions large people are a drain on the nhs. if thats the case then so are all the druggys and drunks. over eating is a serious medical condition and needs to be given psychological treatment which most drs cant be arsed to do they think people just eat for greed when a majority of the time there is emotional or health reasons for it.
granted masses of calories were most likely involved this does not excuse the fact that this person has clearly got a serious health condition and it should be dealt with. i myself have tried numerous healthy eating plans and diets and exercise over the years and my weight would not budge. most people would rather see someone of this size die than get help because in most peoples opinions large people are a drain on the nhs. if thats the case then so are all the druggys and drunks. over eating is a serious medical condition and needs to be given psychological treatment which most drs cant be arsed to do they think people just eat for greed when a majority of the time there is emotional or health reasons for it. kazza76
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