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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man who once weighed more than half a
    ton has lost 321 pounds under the care of a team of doctors and
    hopes to lose 450 pounds more.
    Patrick Deuel, 42, of Valentine, Neb., weighed 1,072 pounds when
    he was admitted to Sioux Falls' Avera McKennan Hospital eight weeks
    ago. Deuel, who is just under 6 feet tall, is on a 1,200
    calorie-a-day diet.
    ``If we hadn't gotten him here, he'd be dead now,'' said Fred
    Harris, Deuel's lead doctor.
    The former restaurant manager has been bedridden since last
    fall. He has battled heart failure, thyroid problems, diabetes,
    pulmonary hypertension and arthritis, and needed help just to roll
    over in bed.
    ``Until recently, I wasn't able to see any light at the end of
    the tunnel,'' he said Monday from his hospital bed.
    A group known as the League of Human Dignity helped arrange for
    Deuel to be driven to a local livestock scale, where he could be
    weighed.
    According to the Guinness World Records Web site, the record for
    heaviest man in the world is 1,397 pounds, held by Jon Brower
    Minnoch of Bainbridge, Wash., who died in 1983.
    Deuel, who has battled weight problems all his life and blames
    his condition in part on genetics, said it took months to find a
    hospital. Hospitals closer to his home balked at admitting him, he
    said.
    ``I got scared because I couldn't help him anymore, and I didn't
    know who would help him,'' said his wife, Edith.
    Harris said Deuel's care could cost millions of dollars, much of
    which the hospital may have to cover. Officials found a special
    ambulance, and hospital workers joined two beds to accommodate
    Deuel.
    One of Deuel's goals is to walk out of the hospital. He also
    wants to go to a Nebraska Cornhuskers football game, and just take
    a walk with his wife.
    ``Even though he's faced negativity all these years, he's not a
    negative person,'' Edith Deuel said. ``He's almost always been able
    to stay bubbly and make jokes and be happy.''
    "That damn log book"

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    No kidding Wow! He'll still be a big man even after losing all that weight, but his life will be so different. That's great for him that he's getting help and heading in a more positive direction.
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    • #3
      My aunts a nurse and shes worked with quite a few people similar to this, no as heavy but big, to try and get them down in the bodyfat, because its a life or death matter. Sometimes I think this type of thing getting out of hand should perhaps be consider a mental disease if it is not already. But that just my opinion.
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      • #4
        That is amazing. That is definitely motivational.
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        • #5
          Holy mackerel! He has his work cut out for him....Let him be a lesson to those who need to lose even less weight that think it's impossible..
          Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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          • #6
            I wonder if he want to jump on TEAMSKIP, lol
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Creator_11
              I wonder if he want to jump on TEAMSKIP, lol
              I think jumping is out of the question for a while...
              "That damn log book"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by In-Human
                I think jumping is out of the question for a while...
                Bwahahaha! No kidding!
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                • #9
                  holy cow!!! that's one big dude. I hope he succeeds in losing most of the weight and of course he'll have to have the skin removed after the fact.
                  "Well done is better than well said"

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