MEXICO CITY, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Doctors in Mexico have set a date for the world's heaviest man to undergo gastric bypass surgery, local media reported on Tuesday.
Patient Juan Pedro Franco, who once weighed more than half a ton at 595 kilos, has been on a three-month diet to prepare for the operation scheduled for May 9.
The native of Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico has to shed some 175 kilos at a special weight-loss clinic so as to make himself a suitable candidate for the operation, according to state news agency Notimex.
"He has lost nearly 30 percent of his initial weight, so he is ready to undergo (the) bariatric surgery," his doctor, Jose Antonio Castaneda Cruz, told reporters at a press conference.
Franco, 32, first made headlines in November when he was admitted to the clinic after making the trip via a specially-adapted van to the western city of Guadalajara, Jalisco.
At the time, Castaneda said Franco's obesity and related conditions, including diabetes, had made the operation impossible.
Franco contacted the clinic after coming across one of their online ads. Before that, he had spent the past six years lying in bed due to his massive weight.
Despite his weight loss, it cannot be guaranteed that complications will not appear. Yet Franco's doctor is optimistic, saying that they are "on the right path."
The initial gastric bypass aims to reduce his current weight by 50 percent, after which a second operation will be needed, said Castaneda.
Franco noted there were other people trapped in their homes like him. "Some have passed away perhaps from sadness, or because they don't dare (to) ask for help."
He urged those suffering from obesity "to raise their voice and ask for help since it is possible."