London, Jan 3 (ANI): Paul Mason, world's heaviest man who has recently undergone a life-saving gastric bypass surgery, has celebrated his success by making a rare trip from his home in Ipswich, Suffolk after losing an incredible 127 kg of weight in just a year.
The Daily Mail quoted 49-year-old Mason, who earlier weighted as much as 381 kg, as saying that he is waiting for the day when he can walk again and live a normal life.
"All I want to do is be able to walk again and live like a normal human being. I've got a second shot at life and I'm not going to waste it. 'I don't want to go back to the old me. I'm determined to carry on losing weight until I'm a normal size. I'm much happier and healthier now," he added.
The former postman had part of his stomach stapled off so that all the food he ate went into a small 'pouch', vastly restricting the amount he could eat. He was driven 143 miles in an ambulance with reinforced beds to have the operation at the specialist St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, the paper said.
According to reports, doctors had put him under strict diet so that they could safely operate him.
Mason admitted to eating 20,000 calories a day earlier, eight times the amount needed by an average man. His care bill costs taxpayers an estimated 100,000 pounds a year and is believed to have topped a million pound over the last 15 years.
His close friend Stan Gladwell has said that Mason is doing well after the operation.
"I'm pleased he's lost so much weight. I last saw him a fortnight ago and he's doing very well," he added. (ANI)