May 18, 2017 11:59 am

‘World’s heaviest man’ serenades doctors after life-saving bypass surgery

WATCH ABOVE: Juan Pedro Franco, the 'world's heaviest man', serenades doctors before being discharged from a Mexican hospital.


The man believed to be the world’s heaviest was discharged from hospital on Wednesday following potentially life-saving biliopancreatic bypass surgery in Mexico, medical officials reported.

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According to local media, Juan Pedro Franco, 33, who has weighed up to 595 kilos (1,311 pounds), was admitted to hospital for the surgery after a diet to help shed some weight was not enough to allay health concerns.

The surgery took place on May 9 and he had been kept in hospital under observation. So far, his recovery has proven successful and he has been placed on a strict diet.

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But with the patient’s obesity levels still dramatically high, threats to Franco’s health such as diabetes, heart attack and organ failure will remain a potential problem until his excess weight is shed.

According to the World Health Organisation, Mexico is a global leader in obesity, with 35 percent of its adolescents overweight or obese.


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