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Old 10-27-04, 04:29 PM
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Half-Ton Man Recovering From Obesity Surgery

http://www.local6.com/news/3860586/d...110272004&ts=H

POSTED: 11:16 am EDT October 27, 2004
UPDATED: 3:46 pm EDT October 27, 2004

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- A man who weighed about half a ton when he was admitted to a hospital was recovering Wednesday from obesity surgery.



Patrick Deuel, 42, underwent the procedure to reduce the size of his stomach four months after being admitted to the hospital at 1,072 pounds.

He had been bedridden since last fall and was malnourished because so many of his calories came from foods high in fat and carbohydrates.

Deuel had difficulty breathing and suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes linked to obesity that his doctor said were killing him.

Gastric bypass surgery was thought to be his best chance for permanent weight loss, but doctors said Deuel needed to lose some weight first, to gain enough strength so he could walk on his own and prove he was healthy enough to survive the surgery.

Before going into surgery on Tuesday, Deuel had lost 421 pounds.

He said his diabetes and high-blood pressure were under control and credited the results to a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet and exercise.

Caregivers and others are starting to take notice of the changes, he said.

"Every time I move they don't look at me like, 'My God, he is going to fall down or something,"' Deuel told Sioux Falls television station KELO in an interview before the surgery.

Last month, Deuel took his first steps with the help of nurses and two walkers for support. More recently, he has been walking up stairs and even swimming at the hospital's pool.

Gastric bypass is the most common obesity surgery in the United States.

The operation involves creating a pouch in the upper stomach and attaching it to a section of intestine, reducing the amount of food patients can eat.

Deuel, a former restaurant manager from Valentine, Neb., is just under 6 feet tall and has always fought his weight.

He weighed about 90 pounds in kindergarten and more than 250 pounds in middle school.


Let's not get this one closed like last time. http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...l&pagenumber=1

Good luck to this guy. Hopefully he can be another Subway success story!

Chris
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1200 calories a day? I'd fall over dead within a week.
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So in the past ~one year, he has lost 421 lbs through diet and exercise, without the surgery? I wonder if he really needed the surgery. You'd think if he had dieted OK for a year, he is on track to long term healthier eatting. Another 420 pounds, he'd be at a reasonable weight.
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They say the first 420 are the easy pounds.

Seriously though, if this guy can come back from half a ton, it's an inspiration to all. Go Pat!

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I see a world record weight loss in the future.....
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I hope he ends up being the biggest loser
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Originally posted by Timmio
They say the first 420 are the easy pounds.
Yeah, it's just water weight.
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Originally posted by Groucho


1200 calories a day? I'd fall over dead within a week.
dude that is just six beers!
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Or 20 lbs of lettuce with no salad dressing.
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I could not imagine being that big.

Good for him! I wish him well in his recovery.
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I hope he gets all 1200 from one Big Mac and becomes the Mic D's Jared!

Just for a laugh of course.
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so as I read this, he lost 400 pounds in 4 months? is that healthy?
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Originally posted by RoQuEr
so as I read this, he lost 400 pounds in 4 months? is that healthy?
is weighing almost 1500 lbs healthy?
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Originally posted by RoQuEr
so as I read this, he lost 400 pounds in 4 months? is that healthy?
A lot healthier than keeping it.
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Another 420 pounds, he'd be at a reasonable weight.
I think that's sig material.
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i wonder how well the general public is going to be updated on this guy

dude should start a webpage
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Okay if that not enough to motivate you to hit the gym, what will?

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