Once known as the world’s fattest man, Juan Pedro Franco, has turned his life around in just three years. The 35-year-old, who once weighed in at 1,302 pounds, has shed the weight and is now able to walk again for the first time in almost a decade.
Franco now weighs just under 574lbs and has gone from being bedridden and at risk of death to being able to move around and sit down by himself.
Speaking to Telemundo show Al Rojo Vivo, Juan said, “Just being able to lift up your arms and get up every day, get up for a glass of water or to go to the toilet, makes you feel great. It feels fantastic to be able to move more and be more self-sufficient.”
Franco who is an accomplished guitarist from Mexico spent over 10 years bedridden after his weight ballooned following a car accident he was involved in as a teenager and a bout of pneumonia.
“When I was six years old I already weighed nearly 10 stone and it’s gone up and up since. At 17 I weighed just over 36 stone. That was when I had an accident and broke half my body and spent a year and a half in bed.” Franco revealed to DailyMail.
Juan Pedro Franco was named the world’s fattest man by Guinness World Records in 2017 and used that as fuel to turn his life around.
After undergoing a number of surgeries, he was able to lose 60% of his body weight, helping him to control his diabetes, hypertension and lung damage that put him in grave danger.
Franco is now awaiting new surgery to remove loose skin thought to weigh nearly 15 stone which will help reduce his weight even further.
Specialist Jose Antonio Castaneda, who has performed Franco’s gastric bypass surgery, has been credited with playing a major part in saving Juan Pedro’s life.
Many congratulations to you Juan, we wish you all the best as you fight to get your life back.
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