Help Paul complete his extraordinary journey

For: Paul Mason
Organizer: Rebecca Mountain
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The Story

Paul Mason is from Ipswich, UK and has struggled with an eating disorder which saw his weight grow to 980 pounds before the NHS granted the gastric bypass surgery he desperately wanted to help him control his eating and facilitate his weight loss. Since his surgery in February, 2010 Paul has lost over 600 pounds and has turned his life around by addressing the reasons for his addiction to food.

Gastric bypass surgery is not a guarantee of success in keeping the weight off as many people end up putting the weight back on. Paul’s success this far is not only one of pounds shed, but of changing his relationship with food.

His journey is far from over as Paul has been left with roughly 100 pounds of loose skin which prevents him from walking more than a few steps before the weight of it causes his skin to split. He is unable to exercise to continue to build up his strength and continue to lose weight to reach his goal weight of 200 pounds. He still must rely on a wheelchair to get around and do day to day activities.

The usual procedure for people loosing hundreds of pounds of weight is to have several separate surgeries to remove the excess skin as their weight declines. Currently, Paul must rely on the NHS (National Health Service) to provide the medical care he needs. So far the NHS has refused to grant even one skin removal surgery, saying that Paul's weight must be stable for 6 months before they will consider the surgeries. However, since Paul's weight loss is so great it could be years before his weight loss stops and even then, the wait list for surgery could be years more. Paul has decided that waiting for the NHS to cover the surgeries he needs could leave him unable to walk for years to come and that is not an option.

Paul’s goal is to reach out to people who are suffering from eating disorders and weight problems and help them with his own personal experiences. He understands that surgery alone is not the solution to turning one’s life around and has himself relied on counseling to help identify the reasons for his over eating so that he would be able to succeed with his weight loss.

Once Paul has had the surgery to regain his mobility, he plans to move to the U.S. where he will partner with his girlfriend Rebecca in running a small business. Paul also plans on launching a business selling handcrafted jewelry and cards.

The surgery Paul needs would remove the loose skin in stages allowing him gain mobility and achieve his goals. A New York based doctor is willing to offer her services at no charge, but there are many related medical expenses such as transportation, hospital fees, medication and aftercare that he needs to raise money for.

UPDATE 4-22-15: Paul has received his surgery date from Dr. Capla! We are very excited. Things are happening very fast now and we are still scrambling to raise all the money needed for his recovery period in NYC. We met with Dr. Capla yesterday and Paul was cleared for surgery to take place next week, Tuesday, April 28th. Paul will need to stay in the city for up to 4 weeks after he is discharged from Lenox Hill Hospital. We are looking at hotels and will have to have a nurse come daily to check on him. We have estimated the cost for one month to be $9,000. which would cover the room (at a discounted rate) and a one hour nurse visit each day. This will not include his meals, transportation or any other unforeseen expenses. Thanks everyone!

Visit Paul's website: http://pauljmason.weebly.com/

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 29, 2015 by Rebecca Mountain

Paul has been home since May 16th and his wounds have been healing well. The nice weather encouraged us to get out to some tag sales and other activities; however this had an adverse effect on Paul's legs, causing fluid buildup and subsequently, a cellulitis infection. Paul is in the hospital receiving treatment and will hopefully be discharged in the next few days. He is seeing a specialist for the lymphedema in his legs which as we understand is the cause of the fluid retention and cellulitis infections. This is frustrating as the surgery has allowed Paul to move much more easily and moving on with his new life means more activity, but this seems to exacerbate the swelling and infection in the legs. We are determined to figure this out and continue moving forward. Thanks everyone for your support!


Posted on May 14, 2015 by Rebecca Mountain
It's been just over two weeks since Paul was discharged from Lenox Hill Hospital and has been recovering in a hotel in NYC with daily visits from Dr. Capla, nurses who change his dressings and three days a week a physical therapist comes to help him with strength building exercises. The healing process has been going quite well and Paul has been able to get outside several times and has been walking quite a bit. The days and months ahead are sure to be challenging but progress is being made each day. Thank you to all of Paul's supporters. We could not have gotten this far without your help.
Paul is sharing updates on his Facebook and Twitter feeds for anyone who is interested. FB: https://www.facebook.com/paulmasonformerworldsfattestman and Twitter: @pjmason254

Posted on May 3, 2015 by Rebecca Mountain
Paul has been recovering well at Lenox Hill Hospital since his surgery last Tuesday. Every day he walks a bit further and feels stronger. The plan was for him to go into a local hotel tomorrow for up to four weeks, however, some of his blood levels are not yet where they need to be and Paul still needs more supervision when walking as his strength is not fully back. Because of this the doctor recommends Paul go to a rehab center for a week before going into the hotel.
While Paul and I realize this is necessary, we're also concerned about the cost. Rehab centers can cost many hundreds of dollars per day and we still don't know what the actual amount is. We are so fortunate for all the donations each of you have given and this will help us with the costs of rehab. 
If you have not done so already, you can follow Paul's progress on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulmasonformerworldsfattestman
Twitter: @pjmason254

Thank you!

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Rebecca Mountain
Paul is in the ICU recovering. Today they plan to get him on his feet and walking. Everything went perfectly according to the surgeons.
There are no words to express how incredible this surgery will be for Paul. Everyday things most of us take for granted will now be possible for him, like getting into a car without a struggle and going to the movies and sitting in a regular seat. Thanks everyone!

Posted on April 28, 2015 by Rebecca Mountain
A couple of hours ago Paul was wheeled into surgery! It's expected to take 5 -6 hours and Dr. Capla and her team will be removing excess skin from his middle, a very large portion off his right thigh and a smaller portion off his left thigh. My guess is it will weigh 60-70 pounds in total, but we will see.
Paul and I want to say a big thank you to everyone. Your support has meant so much to us. We will be posting more frequent updates to let you know how everything goes. This is a life changing day! We are so grateful to Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Capla and her team and to all the well wishes and donations from Paul's supporters.
We have had an incredibly generous person offer to help Paul with his stay in NYC. This has been a huge help as we still have not achieved our fundraising goal. 
More soon! Thanks!

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Rebecca Mountain
Paul has received his surgery date from Dr. Capla! We are very excited. Things are happening very fast now and we are still scrambling to raise all the money needed for his recovery period in NYC. We met with Dr. Capla in NYC yesterday and Paul was cleared for surgery to take place next week, Tuesday, April 28th. Paul will need to stay in the city for up to 4 weeks after he is discharged from Lenox Hill Hospital. We are looking at hotels and will have to have a nurse come daily to check on him. We have estimated the cost for one month to be $9,000. which would cover the room (at a discounted rate) and a one hour nurse visit each day. This will not include his meals, transportation or any other unforeseen expenses. Thanks everyone!
-Rebecca

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Rebecca Mountain
Paul has several visits scheduled with specialists he needs to see in order to get clearance for surgery. We are moving ahead with plans for surgery in January and working hard to gather the funds needed for the aftercare. Thank you to all of you who have supported Paul this far.

In anticipation of the surgery and rehabilitation Paul has joined the YMCA and works out 3 days a week doing upper body strength training.

Recently, an x-ray has shown some shadow spots on his leg bone and arthritis in the joint, so Paul has to wait for test results before incorporating leg exercise into his routine.

Paul is seeing small improvements day by day and is anxious to have the surgery to remove the roughly 70-100 pounds of excess skin which will allow for much greater mobility and exercise.

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Rebecca Mountain
After 6 long months wait Paul's visa has been approved and has arrived! Paul flies to the U.S. next month and we plan to schedule his surgery as soon as enough funds have been raised to cover the cost of the tests needed in hospital as well as the cost of the rehabilitation facility.

Paul and I are very grateful to everyone who has made a donation. We will keep you posted on events as they unfold.

Thanks!



Posted on June 14, 2014 by Rebecca Mountain

Paul has been back in the UK for 4 months now, awaiting approval for his medical visa to return the U.S. for surgery. We are attempting to get help in the U.S. to expedite his visa as Paul has ongoing issues caused by the excess skin which can only be resolved after surgery.

While Paul's surgey and hospital stay is being generously covered by Lenox Hill Hospital, he will still have to pay for the after care which will likely be in a facility close to the hospital. Hopefully Paul will have a speedy recovery and no serious complications.

Thank you all for your support. It's greatly appreciated!


Posted on January 17, 2014 by Rebecca Mountain
Paul met with Dr Capla for his consultation in NYC on Monday and we were both happy to learn that she feels confident that she can proceed with the surgery to remove the excess skin on both his arms and stomach, although Paul will need to undergo the routne tests before the actual surgery.

The doctor says surgery to remove the excess skin on his legs will wait until he has recovered from the first surgery which will be at least 6 months later.

On Monday Paul and I were taped on The View and the episode aired today. We were both thrilled to learn that after being contacted by The View, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York has agreed to cover the additional costs not covered by Dr. Capla's offer of donating her time and expetise.

We could not be happier about ths news! This greatly reduces the amount we need to raise. Now we will focus on the after care and recovery time. Paul will need to stay in NYC until he has completely healed. Since the recovery time is unknown, we are unsure of the amount needed to cover the after care. Any funds raised which are not needed for the after care on the initial surgery will be designated towards his second surgery on his legs.

We are both so grateful to everyone who has donated and to Dr. Capla and Lenox Hill Hospital for thier generous offer to help Paul regain his mobility.

Paul plans to return home to the UK and obtain a medical visa which will allow him to stay in the U.S. long enough to fully recover. Then he'll schedule the surgery!

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