Juan Pedro, of Aguascalientes, has been diagnosed by doctors with type 2 diabetes, thyroid problems, and hypertension — the last which caused his body to store what he ingests, rather than burn it off.
Liquid has also been discovered in his lungs.
The 32-year-old tells The Telegraph that until this week, he was living at home with his mother — without medical care, medicine or healthy foods in his diet.
“I never knew what was happening to me,” he explained. “My body just followed its own path without any control whatsoever. I tried to diet day after day, but nothing worked and I became desperate.”
Six years ago, Pedro said he suffered a “bad reaction” and was “in a coma for a while.” He hasn’t moved from his bed since.
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Dr. José Castañeda, the director the Gastric Bypass Mexico hospital in Guadalajara, said Pedro is lucky to be alive.
“He is probably only still alive due to his youth,” Castañeda explained. “It’s impossible for the human body to cope with the pathologies Juan Pedro suffers from over a prolonged period, but I think we are just in time.”
He added that Pedro will need six months of dieting and other treatments to stabilize his body before surgery.
“This is no life; the worst sentence you can give a human being is to make a prison of his own body,” said Pedro.