Here’s one more reason why obesity is extremely hazardous to your health, albeit one that hopefully won’t be repeated, as reported in the Telegraph:
A 30-stone [420 lb] man has died after the stretcher being used to load him into an ambulance tipped over, spilling him into the street.
Kenny Williams, from Newmarket, Suffolk, was being taken to hospital when the accident occurred outside his home. The East of England Ambulance Service has launched a review into its procedures for transporting obese patients following the accident.
But ambulance chiefs have warned that the movement of overweight patients is becoming increasingly problematic for paramedics who can sometimes risk their own safety.
Earlier this year it was revealed that medics were considering using a Chinook helicopter to take Britain’s heaviest man to hospital after ruling out conventional methods of transport. Paul Mason, who weighed in at 70 stone [980 lb], had to travel more than 150 miles to undergo life saving surgery.
[continues in the Telegraph]