After six years of being in bed, a Mexican man weighing 1,100 pounds (500 kilos) was removed by medical personnel for treatment.
Juan Predo Franco was carried out of his home through special medical equipment. He will undergo medical evaluation to see what possibilities he has to walk again.
"I think there is a new hope - a door has been opened for me, and here we go to see what we can do," said Franco in a video.
Gabriela Centeno, spokeswoman for the office of Dr. Jose Antonio Castaneda, said Tuesday that the patient was taken to Guadalajara hospital in México where blood samples were taken. She also shared that he will remain in that city for several months receiving treatment as only a handful of patients at his level of obesity have been able to regain mobility.
“My body just followed its own path without any control whatsoever. I tried to diet day after day, but nothing worked and I became desperate," Franco said according to The Telegraph. "Finally, my body suffered a bad reaction and I was in a coma for a while, waking up in bed from where I haven’t moved since.”
Franco said he still hopes he can lose weight. "This is no life; the worst sentence you can give a human being is to make a prison of his own body."
Mexican Manuel Uribe was once considered the world's heaviest man, before he died in 2014 at age 48. Uribe's peak weight of 1,230 pounds (560 kilograms) was certified in 2006 as a Guinness World Record.