The world’s most obese man has died from a heart attack at the age of 38. Andres Moreno, who weighed 980lbs at his heaviest, passed away on the morning of Christmas Day while he was being rushed to hospital from his home in Ciudad Obregón in Sonora, Mexico. He suffered a fatal heart attack in the ambulance and could not be revived, his publicist said. Moreno, who weighed 700lbs at the time of his death, will be buried in his home state today. His death comes just a month after football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo reduced him to tears by sending him a signed Real Madrid shirt in a bid to encourage him to lose weight and get healthy. The signed jersey was sent to Moreno by Ronaldo shortly before the man underwent weight-loss surgery at a Mexico hospital after losing a staggering 266lbs naturally, according to Metro. Moreno still weighed more than 700lbs when he went under the knife. It took a team of seven staff to help hoist him out of bed and onto a reinforced stretcher so he could be taken to the hospital. The patient had hoped to lose more than 800lbs in weight – to take him down to 175lbs – following the operation, allowing him to fulfill his dreams of finding a wife and even starting a family. Before the surgery, he said he knew there was a risk, but that he would die if he did not have it.
The operation saw medics remove the majority of his stomach, around 70 per cent, and re-route a lengthy portion of his small intestine at the Mexico Gastric Bypass unit in the Arboledas Hospital. The procedure is used to reduce meal quantities and the absorption of calories from food. It was a last ditch attempt to save Moreno’s life after he suffered a previous heart attack scare. The Mexican, who has always been large, was born weighing 13lbs and at 10, was already tipping the scales at 264.5 lbs. A healthy ten-year-old typically weighs anywhere between 57 to 100lbs. In recent years, he had become bed bound due to his weight, with a number of serious illnesses. In the wake of his recent operation, Moreno had managed to start washing himself again, He had also successfully walked for the first time in three years, leaning on relatives for support.
Moreno was the second Mexican to claim the title of fattest man after the Guinness World Record awarded Manuel Uribe, from Monterrey, with the title of heaviest man alive in 2006. At his biggest, Uribe weighed a shocking 1,230lbs and had been bed ridden since 2002. He died last year at the age of 48. Mexico has one of the world’s fattest populations. Seventy per cent of people overweight, while a third of them are obese, figures show. The country also suffers one of the worst rates of diabetes, which kills more than 80,000 annually. Britain’s fattest man, 65-stone Carl Thompson, died in June just a month after pleading for help to try and change the 10,000 calories-a-day diet he was warned would kill him.
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