Steven Assanti was at the hospital for help with his food addiction

By Gabrielle Olya
October 09, 2015 07:00 PM

A 778-lb. Rhode Island man claims he was kicked out of a local hospital for ordering a pizza.

Steven Assanti, 33, was a patient at Rhode Island Hospital, where he was getting help with his weight issues. He had been at the hospital for 80 days and lost 20 lbs., but was asked to leave after ordering the high-calorie food, which violated his care plan, according to NBC 10.

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

His father Steven Veillette told the station he had nowhere to take his son, who suffers from an addiction to food.

“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,” said Veillette. “I just don’t know who to turn to.”

Veillette transported his son in the trunk of his SUV to the Kent Hospital emergency room, but it was unclear if he would be able to remain there.