nhs should pay for Paul Mason's surgery
Paul Mason, distastefully known as 'the world's fattest man' was given a gastric bypass on the NHS in 2010. He lost over 45 stone in weight and was understandably left with much loose, hanging skin purported to weigh 8 stone. When he approached the NHS to perform an apronectomy to remove the excess and debilitating skin he was told he would have to go it alone. They refused to offer him the procedure. He has, in seemingly a desperate bid for help, resorted to displaying photographs of his physical condition. Although this is conjecture surely this is terribly humiliating for this gentleman. Why should he have to be subjected to this? He has stuck with the process in so far as having the operation and losing the weight is concerned and as a result his life is to some extent, and maybe more, greatly impeded by the outcome. Surely the NHS have left him high and dry and in an unfit state and should therefore complete the process and carry out the removal of the excess skin in order to give him a greater quality of life? This must have been the original purpose. The operation apparently costs £37,000. Possibly some people are thinking 'well he got himself into this situation and now he has to live with the consequences'. If that is the case then how come he was given the operation on the NHS in the first place? The contention is this man is being abused by the system and he deserves to be able to maintain his dignity and be treated for free for what is his right within the system i.e. the NHS is there to provide people with a health service - the clue is in the name! This man's plight is surely just a symptom of the stage society is at at the moment. Please sign this petition in order to support this man in his quest for fairness.