Fire crews called to help London Ambulance move obese patient from Kenley home
11:50am Monday 20th August 2012 in Local news
Fencing had to be dismantled and metal railings removed to rescue a woman weighing more than 30 stone from her Kenley home this morning.
Firefighters from Purley fire station and a fire rescue unit from Croydon were called to Garston Lane, to assist London Ambulance at about 1.55am.
The crew supplied a basket stretcher, which was used to move the lady from her property into a special bariactric ambulance, before she was taken to hospital.
London Ambulance have three bariactric vehicles which are used to ferry obese patients.
The vehicles are equipped with double-width trolley stretchers and can also have hoists and special lifting cushions.
One firefighter said: "After dismantling fencing and cutting metal railing to create a space, we were able to get her out.
"We used a specialist stretcher, the lady had relatives with her and was happy and smiling, there was a bit of banter."