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March 13, 2012

Calif. medics transport morbidly obese man to Dr. Phil

Three emergency medical technicians and a paramedic helped Robert Gibbs, 23, onto a specially designed stretcher

By Jason Sweeney
Contra Costa Times

LIVERMORE, Calif. — A morbidly obese Livermore man who became a YouTube sensation was loaded into an oversized ambulance Sunday and taken to L.A. for an appearance on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Phil" show.

Neighbors and a KRON 4 camera crew looked on as three emergency medical technicians and a paramedic helped Robert Gibbs, 23, onto a specially designed stretcher that could accommodate his estimated 600 to 700 pounds. Gibbs was then winched up a ramp into the ambulance and on his way.

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Daniel Hart Daniel Hart Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:24:19 AM Great for him asking for and getting help! Shame on the media for making it a reality show drama.
Rosemary Alvarez Obando Rosemary Alvarez Obando Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:42:51 AM While it's lamentable that he will be exploited by the media, if it gets him the help he needs and saves his life, it would be worth it. He is only 23 - he deserves a chance to live, though with dietary discipline. I really hope he gets that chance.
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart Tuesday, March 13, 2012 12:33:13 PM I have fought with weight issues all my life, but never this bad. And to be that big at such a young age has to be a problem.
Rosemary Alvarez Obando Rosemary Alvarez Obando Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:00:53 PM My highest weight ever was 475. I was lucky and had resources for weight-loss surgery. I know all about second chances :)
Nichole Ryder Nichole Ryder Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:40:36 PM Rosemary Alvarez Me too hun my top weight was 305. Had I not had bariatric surgery I may be dead. HOWEVER It has cause me a ton of problems. There are ups and downs. I am looking at yet a 6th abd surgery since.
BEARiatrics Inc. BEARiatrics Inc. Thursday, March 15, 2012 1:54:34 PM If anyone knows how we can donate to the cause with a BEAR on the bariatric cot, let us know at www.beariatrics.com.

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