1/2 ton man drops 500 pounds.

  1. Half-ton man drops nearly 500 pounds

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/01/21/hal....ap/index.html






    SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (AP) -- Patrick Deuel is half the man he used to be.

    Deuel, 42, was scheduled to leave the hospital as early as Friday, seven months after he checked in in grave condition, at 1,072 pounds.

    After undergoing stomach-reduction surgery in October, he is down to 610 pounds and is healthier.

    Now, the Valentine, Nebraska, man looks forward to the simple things others take for granted, such as taking out the trash and shoveling snow.

    "We've given him (another) shot at life ... and I hope he seizes on it," said Dr. Fred Harris, leader of the nine-person medical team responsible for Deuel's care at Avera McKennan Hospital.

    Deuel was admitted on June 4.

    Heart failure, diabetes, high blood pressure and other problems caused by severe obesity threatened to kill him. He had trouble breathing and was malnourished because so many of his calories came from foods high in fat and carbohydrates. He had been housebound for seven years and bedridden for months.

    Deuel could someday go back to work if he sticks to his diet, keeps building his strength and increases his level of activity, his doctor said.

    "My hope is Patrick will be able to remain mobile enough to get out of the house and get a job," Harris said. "He could have a career in motivational speaking. He's got the smarts."

    Harris knew surgery was Deuel's best chance but said Deuel needed to show he was healthy enough to undergo the operation. Deuel was put on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet and started exercising, and was soon strong enough for surgery.

    Deuel said he is not particularly worried about sticking to a diet once he returns home; he used to be a cook and restaurant manager.

    He said eventually he would like to get down to 240 pounds -- although the last time he saw that on the scale was when he was in sixth grade.
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Just WOW.
  4. by   RNPATL
    I second that Deb! Of course you all know I run a large Bariatric program on my unit .... but this story is great! We see this kind of success rate all the time. It is almost a religious experience.

    Here is a topic on the subject I started in the Med-Surg Forum:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=83281

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77313

    The results are really amazing.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    How cool. At our hospital (as everywhere, I'm sure) the bariatric patient population is getting larger. Its common now in the ER to have many, many people greater than 350# which is the weight limit of our beds.
  6. by   KrisRNwannabe
    good for him!!! I love to see people like him take back their life. I have struggled with my weight my whole life. I only wish i could have the surgey, i would do it in a minute. but my insurance doesn't cover it.

    kris
  7. by   prmenrs
    I have informed my internist that my 60th birthday is in September, and that what I want from him to mark the occassion is a bypass. We're supposed to "chat" about that in a couple of weeks.

    Wish I lived a little closer, RNPATL!
  8. by   RNPATL
    Quote from prmenrs
    I have informed my internist that my 60th birthday is in September, and that what I want from him to mark the occassion is a bypass. We're supposed to "chat" about that in a couple of weeks.

    Wish I lived a little closer, RNPATL!
    Come on up ... you can recoup with me .... I am planning on having bypass in July .. our surgeon on staff right now only does the open version and I am not eligible for open so I am waiting for his partner to start in June as he will to the laprascopic version .... Of course, my physician is not at all supportive and says I do not need to have the surgery. My BMI is 40, so I think it is time for some long lasting weight loss .... I have gained and lost myself 6-8 times in my life and am tired of carrying the extra weight.

    Anyway ... come on up and take a little vacation in Asheville and recover with me.
  9. by   prmenrs
    I'm in California--should we meet in the middle?
  10. by   RNPATL
    Sorry friend ... California is a little too far for me ...... but .... maybe I will come visit after I am all skinny. Been wanting to go to California ...
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from RNPATL
    I second that Deb! Of course you all know I run a large Bariatric program on my unit .... but this story is great! We see this kind of success rate all the time. It is almost a religious experience.

    Here is a topic on the subject I started in the Med-Surg Forum:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=83281

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77313

    The results are really amazing.
    VERY informative, Patrick. Thank you, and thank you for what you do. I am sure you are indeed saving lives.
  12. by   KrisRNwannabe
    good luck to you guys planning your surgeries. i wish a speedy recovery and skinnier clothes!!!!

    kris

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