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Crane, Truck Move 1,000-Pound Man to New Home in Rhode Island

By    |   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 06:39 PM

A truck and a crane were needed to move a 1,000-pound man from a closing nursing home to his new home in a different Rhode Island town on Sunday.

Bannister House in Providence, Rhode Island, is closing and displacing all the people who lived there. Brian Butler needed to be moved to a home in Cranston, and it required significant planning.

“This is a patient with very complicated medical needs and it required a coordinated approach,” Michael Raia, of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services, told NBC News 10. “His care and safety has been our top priority throughout this transport.”

The coordination of the move, which took seven hours Sunday, required working with Providence and Cranston Fire departments, Lifespan, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, and Bay Crane Northeast, NBC said.

KSPR reported that Butler weighed close to 1,200 pounds, and that plans before the move included cutting the door to his room to get him out of the nursing home. A ramp was to be used to move him to the top of the building, where he would be picked up by crane and put on a flatbed truck.

Butler told NBC News in 2006 that he had wanted gastric bypass surgery but could not find a doctor willing to perform the operation.

“When I'm depressed I'll eat chips or order myself a large pizza and pretty much kill it myself,” Butler told NBC.

The discussion online quickly turned to questions about why the nursing home wasn’t doing more to control Butler’s weight.

“Makes you wonder how much physical therapy this man was getting at Bannister House. He should be fed responsibly AND also be provided with activity within his means,” one person wrote. “You can't stop people from bringing in food from outside. Unfortunately for him, his options are very limited.”

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