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Old 08-11-04, 07:25 PM
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600-Pound Woman Dies After Being Surgically Removed From Couch

STUART, Fla. -- A dramatic rescue ended tragically in Stuart, Florida, a rescue so difficult firefighters say they have never seen anything like it.


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It happened late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning at the home of a 600-pound woman who was having trouble breathing. Rescuers went in not knowing how difficult it would be to get her out. 40-year-old Gail Grinds was literally stuck to her couch and had to be removed surgically at the hospital.

Authorities estimate she had been on the couch anywhere from two to five years.

Martin County Fire amd Rescue crews faced what seemed to be an impossible mission. Everyone going inside had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air.

They tried to cut out the front door, but at four-and-a-half feet wide, it wouldn't work. They had to cut plywood since a normal stretcher wouldn't do.

An ambulance was too small, so they brought in a trailer to get her out. While rescue crews came up with a back-door rescue plan, detectives secured what had become a crime scene, questioning family members about how it got so bad.

Using planks, they loaded the woman on to the trailer, still attached to the couch. Removing her would be too painful, since her body is grafted to the fabric. After years of staying put, her skin has literally become one with the sofa and it must be surgically removed.

Detectives are investigating whether they have a case of neglect, or if it is simply a very sad story.

Grinds was taken to the Martin Memorial hospital where doctors removed her from the couch, but she died in spite of all the attempts to save her life.

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how do people get that fat?
I freely admit I've been lazy and have gained about 20 pounds in the last 8-9 months, but I'm only at 175
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wow

I don't see how some type of neglect wouldn't be involved.
Did she not get up to go to the bathroom? (I I shouldn't have come into this thread after reading five cent's comment in the other one)
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It's too late for her, but she could have gained some inspiration from this story.
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Neglect?! Someone was making and giving her exoberant amounts of food.
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Gluttony & Sloth.
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Now will you people agree with me that we need a Morbid Obesity subforum?
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Holy shit. The couch and her skin became one? That's ****ed up.
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Originally posted by island007
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Gluttony & Sloth.
I was thinkin' the exact same thing. Dam you Kevin Spacey, dam you too hell
Old 08-11-04, 08:13 PM
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nod...I've hit the 250 lb mark and it's enought to make me hit the brakes and SERIOUSLY reduce eating fast food and actually start exercising. It's definitely hard to believe though that people get SUPER huge...it's not like you wake up and there it is....

As far as becoming "one with the couch"...it depends on the fabric...if it's leather or something similar...you spend 2 hours in the same spot/position on the couch (as I do while surfing the net here in the office chair)...when you get up it feels like you're peeling yourself off the damn couch. So surely after spending a few years in the same spot...well...you do the math.
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[bad_taste] Well, at least they won't need to pad the coffin. [/bad_taste]
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is this an onion article or something?
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Its stem cells gone wrong!!! She was becoming one with the couch! I wonder if I sit next to some gold bars for a few years I will become a 24 kt gold man?
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Originally posted by IMRICKJAMES
I wonder if I sit next to some gold bars for a few years I will become a 24 kt gold man?
It's worth a shot.
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Originally posted by mikehunt
how do people get that fat?
by eating their feelings.
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Originally posted by Trigger
by eating their feelings.
those must have been some high-calorie feelings
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BEEFCAAAAAAAAKE!
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DVDTalkers be warned...
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Authorities estimate she had been on the couch anywhere from two to five years.
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Now, that's one comfy mother-****in' couch.
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I'm still confused about the bathroom thing- I refuse to accept the obvious. *shudder*
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Originally posted by hotaru_san
I'm still confused about the bathroom thing- I refuse to accept the obvious. *shudder*
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Originally posted by hotaru_san
I'm still confused about the bathroom thing- I refuse to accept the obvious. *shudder*
Afraid it is the obvious, though. I suspected as much after the first paragraph of the article, but this part quenched it:

Everyone going inside had to wear protective gear. The stench was so powerful they had to blast in fresh air.
I think that line pretty much confirms it... Two to five years though; God, that's just unthinkable. One of the most horrid stories I've read in a long while.
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How did she get food?? Or did she eat her..... oh my god..
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icky, icky, icky

but where did this story come from?

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