MEXICO CITY: World's heaviest man to undergo gastric bypass surgery the media reported on Wednesday Mexican doctors have set the date. Juan Pedro Franco, who once weighed more than half a ton at 595 kilos, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation on May 9.
"He has lost nearly 30 per cent of his initial weight, so he is ready to undergo (the) bariatric surgery," doctor, Jose Antonio Castaneda Cruz, told the media.
Franco, 32, first made headlines in November when he was admitted to the clinic after making the trip via a specially-adapted van to the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.
At the time, Castaneda said Franco's obesity and related conditions, including diabetes, had made the operation impossible. Franco contacted the clinic after coming across one of their online ads. Before that, he had spent the past six years lying in bed due to his massive weight.
The initial gastric bypass aims to reduce his current weight by 50 per cent, after which a second operation will be needed, said Castaneda.
Franco noted there were other people trapped in their homes like him. "Some have passed away perhaps from sadness, or because they don't dare (to) ask for help."
He urged those suffering from obesity "to raise their voice and ask for help since it is possible".