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247kg woman rescued, may be bound for Phuket

PHUKET: Overjoyed that she got to leave her apartment for the first time in three years, 40-year-old Amnuayporn Thongprapai, who weighs 247 kilograms (603 pounds) said she was confident that doctors at Central General Hospital would help her to walk again.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra, who was present while the woman was being helped out of her apartment yesterday, said he’d like to help in arranging for her to gain entitlement to welfare benefits. He said he had also arranged for her two children, ages 15 and 14, to receive scholarships.

Sukhumbhand said an initial check on Tuesday this week revealed that Amnuayporn had two tumours on her right leg, bedsores and high blood pressure. Her obesity is caused by a thyroid disorder.

Amnuayporn, who used to wash clothes and cook for a living, kept gaining weight over the past four to five years until she hit a whopping 280kg in 2006. Read more at…

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