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article imageVideo: 600-pound man cut from home

By Gar Swaffar     Apr 11, 2012 in Health
An Upper Burrell Township, Pennsylvania man had to have a hole cut in his home so he could get out on Monday. The man's weight and the clutter in his home left fire crews no choice.

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At 600 pounds, it takes a rather large hole to get a person out of their home, when they don't fit through the door any longer. WXPI reported on the man who was cut from his home by firefighters and a HazMat crew who had to cut through both siding and a brick wall to get the man out and onto a waiting flatbed truck.
The crews were unable to get to the man in the normal way due to the clutter in the home, which would have also prevented an easy egress back out with what would have been a difficult load to carry.
The man at this time has remained anonymous and unnamed by authorities but was in need of medical attention. One neighbor stated: “It’s very sad and shouldn’t have come to that, but at least they got him out and he’s alright,” (Lee) Hanyo said. “That’s all that really matters.”
The process took several hours and the flatbed truck was only used to get the man to a waiting ambulance for the trip to the hospital and the medical care he needed.
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