800lb Man Kicked Out Of Hospital For Ordering Pizza, Now Living In Back Of Dad’s SUV

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via WTVR:
A man from Cranston who weighs 778 pounds is desperate for help after he said Rhode Island Hospital kicked him out.

The man’s father said he has nowhere to take his son.

Steven Assanti, 33, said his eating addiction lead him to the trunk of his father’s SUV with no place to go.

“It’s an addiction, and I realize that,” said Assanti.{} “And it’s a disease.”

For the past 80 days, Assanti said, he was getting the help he needed at Rhode Island Hospital. There, he lost 20 pounds.

But after Assanti violated his care plan by ordering pizza, he said the hospital told him he could no longer stay.

“I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550 to get the gastric bypass,” said Assanti. “That was their plan.”

A spokesperson for Rhode Island Hospital told NBC 10 News they can’t speak about Assanti’s case, or the treatment of any other patients.

His father, Steven Veillette, said taking his son home will be a death sentence.

“If he comes home and I do get him up the stairs somehow, someway he’s going to go right back to his eating habits,” Veillette said.

So, the two men say they’ll continue to drive until they find a place that will help.

“I just don’t know who to turn to,” Veillette said. “I called everybody – everybody you can think of in the state of Rhode Island and nobody seems to be (able to) help me.”

As of 6 p.m., Veillette said Assanti was in the waiting room at Kent Hospital’s emergency area. About an hour later, Veillette called NBC 10, noting that his son will be able to stay at Kent for the night.

His social worker is looking into another permanent location.

Here are a few YouTube videos that Steven filmed of himself and show a cruder side of the obese man who garnered sympathy for his recent predicament of being homeless.


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