Obesity: This man got so overweight he couldn’t climb his staircase (PICTURED)
A 42 stone Irish man has been forced to sleep on his floor downstairs after becoming too large to climb his staircase.
Ritchie Doyle, 44, from Bantry, County Cork, is demanding that his local council move him to more suitable accommodation.
He has ulcerated legs and relies on the use of an oxygen ventilator.
Mr Doyle, who was born in Dublin, says he has been on the waiting list for a home for over a year now.
He claims his condition is deteriorating further every day.
‘The number of trucks and cars passing by each day has led me to hospital, where they diagnosed slight carbon monoxide poisoning. I find it harder and harder to breathe as the days go by,’ Mr Doyle told Ireland’s Southern Star.
Mr Doyle says he can access his bathroom because it is on the ground floor, but longs to sleep in a bed again.
His case has been backed by Councillor Kathleen Tassyman.
She told the newspaper: ‘The house here simply isn’t suitable for Ritchie and his condition. He has to leave the front door open to let in air and in this heat it is very important that he can breathe properly.
‘With the traffic going by, he [Ritchie] is exposed to the fumes from the many trucks and cars,’ Cllr Tassyman said.
‘He has been waiting for over a year. Everyone is entitled to a home. Indeed, Ritchie doesn’t even have a proper bed.
She told the newspaper that she is calling on on the housing department in Cork County Council to visit Mr Doyle and asses his conditions.
Deteriorating: Mr Doyle has ulcerated legs and relies on the use of an oxygen ventilator