Former 'fattest man' undergoes surgery to remove excess skin following 45 stone weight loss
A man once dubbed the fattest in the world is set to undergo surgery to remove excess skin after huge weight loss.
Paul Mason, 54, from Ipswich, used to weigh 70 stone but has lost about 45 stone.
Now living in America, he is engaged and has been raising funds online to remove up to 100lb of left-over skin - particularly from an area around the waist known as "the apron" and his "bat wing" arms.
Writing on his fundraising page on the website YouCaring.com, his fiancee Rebecca Mountain said Mr Mason had several visits scheduled with specialists to get clearance for surgery.
She added: "We are moving ahead with plans for surgery in January and working hard to gather the funds needed for the aftercare. Thank you to all of you who have supported Paul this far."
She said that ahead of the surgery, Mr Mason was working hard on upper body strength training.
"Recently, an X-ray has shown some shadow spots on his leg bone and arthritis in the joint, so Paul has to wait for test results before incorporating leg exercise into his routine."
She added the operations would make Mr Mason more mobile and better able to exercise.
Five years ago, Mr Mason told how he used to have £75 worth of takeaways and chocolate delivered to his door daily.
His appeal has so far raised more than 5,000 dollars (£3,250) of a 12,000 dollar (£7,800) target.