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The world’s fattest man is nearly 15 stone heavier than first thought, it emerged today. Doctors believed Mexican Juan Pedro Franco weighed nearly 79 stone when he was taken to hospital earlier this month for surgery to help him walk again for the first time in six years.
But tests have shown his true weight to be 92 stone 9lbs, just over a stone short of record-breaking compatriot Manuel Uribe who reached a peak weight of 94 stone before dying in May 2014.
Doctor Jose Antonio Castaneda, the specialist who is now assisting Juan Pedro, described the find as “alarming” but said he was still planning to put his patient on a three-month diet before surgery.
“Everything we’re doing has been mapped out and if everything goes to plan in a year and a half we’ll have him down to between 12 and 14 stone.
“Initially we didn’t think he was going to be apt for this treatment because of his level of obesity and a lung problem he suffers, but now we’re seeing a more promising horizon.”
The 32-year-old’s plight became world news earlier this month when pictures emerged of him being transported from his home in the central Mexican city of Aguascalientes to a clinic 100 miles away in Guadalajara where he is now being treated.
The suffering Mexican, an accomplished guitar player, had appealed for help in July when he announced he weighed just over 60 stone, revealing he hadn’t left his box room for six years and feared he would die after having to quit a special diet which his OAP parents couldn’t afford.