Once 800-pound man left with pounds of skin


BUT THERE IS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF HIS FORMER SELF. HE IS LIVING IN SKIN. WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR, IT IS LIKE, DID YOU LOSE ANY WEIGHT? DAVID: YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO TELL, BUT THOMAS TOWLE HAS LOST A LOT OF WEIGHT. I ASSOCIATED FUN WITH FOOD. DAVID: IT STARTED EARLY WHEN HIS GRANDMOTHER TOOK CARE OF HIM. GRANDMA’S IDEA OF COMFORT WAS A DOZEN BIGS AND A POUND OF BACON EVERY MORNING. DAVID: HE LOST THE WEIGHT OF WORK IN GARDEN — KINDERGARTEN, BUT FOOD CAP:. I BOUGHT ALL MY FRIENDS HALLOWEEN CANDY. DAVID: BY 19, HE WAS AT 800 POUNDS. EVERYBODY IS ALREADY MAKING FUN OF YOU. FOOD DOES NOT MAKE FUN. DAVID: DURING A TRIP TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK, A FAILED ATTEMPT TO RIDE A ROLLER COASTER. TO HAVE EVERYONE LOOKING AT YOU, MAKING FUN OF YOU. I FELT BAD FOR THEM. DAVID: HE CALLED IT A KICK IN THE HEART. HE TURNED IT INTO DETERMINATION, LOSING 500 POUNDS THROUGH BYPASS SURGERY AND EATING RIGHT. HE NOW WEIGHS 270 POUNDS. BUT ALL THE SKIN IS IN PLACE. HOW MUCH OF THIS IS YOUR OLD SELF? THIS IS THE NEW ME, BUT IT IS A PRODUCT OF THE OLD ME. THIS IS WHAT IS LEFT. DAVID: WHAT IS LEFT ARE POUNDS OF FLESH. IT MAKES YOU COMPLETELY FEEL LIKE YOU ARE STILL THAT 800 POUND PERSON. DAVID: FOLDS CREATING RASHES. FOUR SURGERIES ARE NEEDED TO REMOVE EXTRA SKIN ON HIS TORSO AND ARMS. NONE OF IT COVERED BY INSURANCE. WE HAVE VERY LITTLE THAT COVERS THESE PROCEDURES. DAVID: DR. SARAH HONG IS HEAD OF PLASTIC SURGERY AT CMMC. SHE SAYS AT A CERTAIN POINT, SKIN LOSES ELASTICITY. IS HARD FOR PEOPLE TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE THROUGH THE PROCESS. IT IS A REMINDER OF WHO THEY WERE. DAVID: THOMAS TOWLE HAS RAISED MONEY BUT STILL NEEDS $10,000 TO COMPLETE THE JOURNEY. I DO THIS ALL THE TIME TO SEE WHAT A FLAT STOMACH LOOKS LIKE. DAVID: IS PREPARED FOR THE DAY HE HAS A STOMACH HE WANTS TO SHOW OFF. I HAVE CLOTHING IN THE BASEMENT RIGHT NOW PREPARED FOR THE DAY I DO NOT HAVE THE SKIN. THAT IS HOW MUCH I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I ACTUALLY SHOPPED FOR THAT DAY. DAVID: THAT DETERMINATION ABOUT LOSING WEIGHT IS ABOUT LOSING WHAT IS LEFT. I HAVE TO SEE THE GOAL. DAVID: IS INSURANCE DIDN’T PAY FOR THE GASTRIC BYPASS AND A PROCEDURE TO REMOVE SKIN OVER HIS BELTLINE. THE PROCEDURES FOR OTHER SKIN CONSIDERED COSMETIC, BUT THEY MAY RECONSIDER. THOMAS TOWLE IS READY TO MOVE

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