Fire Service rescues 220kg man after fall

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 15:29 14/07/2014

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Firefighters who rescued a 220 kilogram man after he fell in the shower and became stuck returned today, this time to help him to hospital.

St John Ambulance went to the man's Christchurch City Council flat about 11am, taking a specialised stretcher with them.

Five firemen helped him onto the stretcher.

He remained in hospital and had requested privacy.

A different fire crew was first called to the flat about 7.45pm last night. The man had fallen in the shower and was unable to get up.

Firefighters had to remove a shower door to free him.

The man spent possibly two hours stuck in the shower before his rescue, the neighbour said.

His daughter, who grew concerned when he failed to answer phone calls, raised the alarm.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene.

The 59-year-old was ''a hell of a good sort'' who was "too proud" to ask the council for a bigger flat, the neighbour said.

He ordered his food online and needed others to get his Lotto tickets and medication.

The incident came just days after six firemen had to remove a window to get a 320kg Canterbury woman out of her father's rural home.

They had removed the front sliding door but could not fit her out there, so took out the window about 10am on Thursday.

The 54-year-old Canterbury woman, and the mattress she lay on, were placed on a loader and carried to a waiting ambulance after an almost two-hour effort.

Eight firemen carried her from the ambulance into Christchurch Hospital.

The 54-year-old woman had also requested privacy, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Bariatric surgeon Richard Stubbs said earlier that the woman was likely beyond surgical intervention.

Steven Kelly, from Christchurch Weightloss Surgery, also said last week that "heavier and heavier" patients were coming into Christchurch Hospital and were difficult to manage.

A multimillion-dollar redevelopment of Christchurch Hospital included plans for purpose-built rooms to deal specifically with obese patients.

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