Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Obesity: This man got so overweight he couldn’t climb his staircase (PICTURED)

Forced to sleep downstairs:
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.

42 stone Cork man Richie Doyle The narrow stairs where Ritchie lives and leading to his bedroom. Picture Denis Boyle
Deteriorating: Mr Doyle has ulcerated legs and relies on  the use of an oxygen ventilator

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