'World's fattest man' Paul Mason asks US senator for visa help

Paul Mason with laptop Paul Mason and Rebecca Mountain have reverted to an online relationship while he awaits a US visa

Related Stories

A man once known as the world's fattest has pleaded with a US senator to help him get an American visa so he can have weight-loss surgery.

Paul Mason, of Ipswich, used to weigh 70 stone (440kg) but has lost more than 40 stone (254kg) with the help of gastric band surgery.

He is to have excess skin removed in New York but his visa application has been delayed due to a conviction.

Mr Mason, 53, said he hoped senator Elizabeth Warren could help his cause.

Ms Warren, who has declined to comment, is a senator in Massachusetts, where Mr Mason's fiancé Rebecca Mountain lives.

Front and back photos of Paul Mason Mr Mason said some people might find the images shocking

"I've asked Rebecca's senator if she could help get my visa application granted, on medical grounds," Mr Mason said. "I think they could take notice if she got involved."

Mr Mason built up a relationship with Rebecca Mountain online, after she had seen the coverage of his battle with obesity.

He travelled to the US in December for a consultation with Dr Jennifer Capla, who has offered to perform the operations, and to appear on the television programme The View.

During the recording, Miss Mountain asked him to marry her.

Mr Mason was due to return to the US for surgery, but his visa application was referred to Homeland Security in March because of a conviction for fraud in 1986.

Suze Orman, Barbara Walters, Paul Mason and Rebecca Mountain on The View Rebecca Mountain (right) proposed to Paul Mason during filming for The View

"It's just a matter of waiting again," Mr Mason said. "But the longer they delay it the more prone I am to infections and permanent damage to my bladder and kidneys. I'm hoping they'll grant the visa quickly."

The excess skin operations could help Mr Mason shed a further seven stone (44kg) from his current weight.

"They will also make me more mobile and allow me to get on with my life," he said.

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Suffolk



10 °C 6 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Cartoon of women chatting on the metroChat wagon

    The interesting things you hear in a women-only carriage

  • Replica of a cargo boxSpecial delivery

    The man who posted himself to the other side of the world

  • Music scoreFinal score Watch

    Goodbye to NYC's last classical sheet music shop

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya'Emailgate'

    Hillary gets a taste of scrutiny that lies ahead

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Best in show

    BBC Autos takes a look at 10 of the most eye-catching new cars at the 2015 Geneva motor show


  • A cyborg cockroachClick Watch

    The cyborg cockroach – why has a computer been attached to this insect’s nervous system?

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.