MY 600 LB LIFE is once again about a 700 lb. person, and this week it’s a 26 year-old man named Sean. He can’t walk more than a few steps and is bedridden. It’s gotten more and more difficult for his aging mother and a helper to roll him on his side to keep him clean. There is a video clip posted below, but it comes with a WARNING because the images may disturb you.
Sean’s mom is a big woman, but nowhere near his size, and has no choice but to care for her son. To wash him, she gets help from a younger person and they have to wait for Sean to get the energy to attempt to turn himself from one side to the other. Once he has accomplished that task, his body begins to shake from the effort and his caregivers have to strain to keep him from rolling back as they clean him.
It’s not new for patients on MY 600 LB LIFE to moan in pain from trying to move their massive bodies, even if they are small movements.What makes it even more difficult than what you’d expect, is a massive growth of skin protruding from the left side of his body at waist level.
To sanitize his body, one person must not only keep pushing against him to keep him on his side, but help the other person lift the growth so that a washcloth with soap and water can get into the extremely large folds of skin. That skin is now tearing from the pressure of stretch over the enormous body of Sean’s. That only adds to the danger of infection and, of course the pain he lives with.
You can see that daily effort of bathing Sean in the video preview clip posted below.
As we know, the only person who will even consider Sean’s request for gastric bypass surgery is Dr. Younan Nowzaradan in Houston, Texas. His photo is posted above. Even he has limits on how big a person can be to qualify for the surgical procedure. In the case of Sean and his mother, Dr. Now sizes up the situation and understands that the young man’s mother must radically change her own life to be able to help her son.
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