Firefighters forced to demolish wall to rescue man, 48, weighing 40 stone

The fire briagde in Spain this week was forced to demolish a wall to rescue a 48-year-old man with Diogenes syndrome weighing about 250kilos (40 stones). The man had got stuck in his apartment in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona), Spain this week. The troops of the firefighters displaced to the man’s house, located in a basement, could not access through the door due to the large amount of rubbish accumulated behind it.

Finally, the rescue team decided to make a hole in the wall to gain access to the apartment .

Once inside the house, part of the accumulated garbage was removed in order to reach the man, who was evacuated through the hole previously made in the wall with a stretcher helped by a mechanical bull to lower him to ground level.

The staff of the Medical Emergency System (SEM) treated the man, who was later transferred to the Bellvitge Hospital.

Earlier this month, an American woman who refused treatment, was taken to the specialised obesity centre of the CHRU in Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle), France.

Emergency services were forced to knock down a wall so a woman weighing 391 kilos (61 stones) could be evacuated from her house for health reasons. The American national, who is aged around 60, has lived in Stenay in the Meuse, France, for 20 years and suffers from obesity, had refused treatment until now. The evacuation had been planned for several months.

At least 60 people were on site to carry out the intervention, which saw a wall “dismantled” and rescuers “cut” the floor in the woman’s house.

Speaking at the time, Bernard Burckel director of cabinet of the prefect of the Meuse said: “We have to dismantle the wall on the first floor at her house. We will have to cut the floor to proceed with the trellis which must hang on the ceiling.

“We made a hole in the ceiling and on the ground floor which is an old pottery.

“We are going to evacuate it through the window on the ground floor.”

He added: The intervention of the firefighters and the police is in progress.

“You should know that an intervention of this type, with such a level of complexity, has never happened in France”.

The operation lasted the whole day.

The woman needed to be evacuated to receive emergency hospital treatment.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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