A 26-year-old man in Wuhan has gained 224 pounds in the space of five months while staying at home to avoid COVID-19, according to the doctors.
Mr Zhou had to be rushed to hospital by an ambulance earlier this month after falling critically ill because of the sudden increase in his weight. Mr Zhou, a worker at an internet cafe, stopped leaving home when the city went into lockdown in late January.
His family members said he was struggling to move due to his weight. Footage and images released by the Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University show medical workers examining Mr Zhou after he was admitted to the hospital on June 1.
Mr Zhou was left fighting for his life after being diagnosed with heart failure and respiratory dysfunction.
Mr Zhou is set to undergo a weight-loss operation by removing part of his stomach but he has to lose 25 kilos (55 pounds) in three months to reduce the surgery’s risk.
He is pictured here at the hospital after his condition gradually became stable
According to the hospital, Mr Zhou has been struggling with his weight for his entire life even though he tried different ways to lose weight. At the end of last year, the 5ft7 man weighed 392 pounds.
Covid-19 lockdown: Mr Zhou did not step out of his flat for five months, and as a result, his weight grew by a further 224 pounds. After being given round-the-clock care for nine days, the Wuhan resident’s condition finally became stable.
He was transferred to a regular ward yesterday