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"Grossly obese" Stone man died days after falling out of chair

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

By Laura James

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A 40-STONE man who lived on a diet of burgers and pies died after he was admitted to hospital when he fell out of his armchair at his Stone home and was unable to lift himself back up.

Firefighters had to be called in to hoist 'grossly obese' Samuel Cann into an ambulance when he fell out of the chair at his Redhill Gardens home.

The 35-year-old, who quit his job as a factory worker at the age of 28 due to his size, couldn't walk unaided and struggled to dress himself.

He lived in a chair in his living room and ate a diet of burgers, pies and fried meat.

An inquest yesterday heard how Mr Cann developed a range of health problems and died six days after his fall.

His wife, Jody, told assistant coroner Margaret Jones how he was a stubborn man who refused medical help for his weight problem.

She said: "I went to sleep on February 13 and woke up about 9am the next day to Samuel shouting my name. He had slipped off his chair and was sitting on the floor on his bottom.

"Me and Sam often used to have arguments because I always wanted to call for medical help for him. He was housebound so the doctors had to come to us, but he was reluctant to have medical treatment. He was told he was the perfect candidate to have his stomach stapled but he refused to have the operation. He was a very stubborn man."

Mr Cann was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on February 14 after doctors told him he needed emergency treatment.

But Mr Cann died on February 20.

The cause of death was recorded as 'sepsis due to infected ulcers and sores and obesity'.

Mr Cann's GP, Doctor Souvrik Chakraborty, of Mansion House Surgery, in Stone, said: "He was grossly obese. He was seen by one of my colleagues who was trying to encourage him to lose weight. He had been referred to a dietician in 2007 but he gradually became housebound because his obesity was so severe.

"He also had lymphedema and swollen legs, but the heart of the issue was Mr Cann's obesity.

"If that could have been solved, the rest of the problems would have subsided. The one way Mr Cann could have helped himself would have been to improve his diet and have surgery for his obesity.

"He also could have done more exercise and looked after the state of the room he lived in. The route cause here is obesity."

Recording a verdict of death by natural causes aggravated by self-neglect, Mrs Jones, said: "From quite a young man, Mr Cann had many problems with his weight and his obesity and it is that obesity that led from one thing to another.

"His living conditions were not ideal and in order to improve his health and his lifestyle he would have had to make some significant lifestyle changes, but he wasn't willing to make those.

"Unfortunately that led to infected pressure sores, celulitis and sepsis, but underlying all of that was his obesity."

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