SIBU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A grossly overweight man who had to be rushed to hospital in a lorry and carried by as many as 20 people, is determined to shed about 100kg from his current weight of 250kg.
Mr Sia Chi Herng, 33, had to be warded in the intensive care unit on Sept 21 because of breathing difficulties and chest pain.
Up to 20 people had to carry him on a thick bedsheet from his home to a lorry that sent him to the hospital.
After a month, the 33-year-old has recovered and is undergoing physiotherapy to help him walk and lose weight.
On Wednesday, a beaming Mr Sia said he was able to breathe better now.
"I can eat two meals a day now. The hospital physiotherapists are seeing me twice a day, guiding me with physio treatment like sit-ups, and hand exercises.
"Doctors and nurses have also been visiting me regularly to check on the progress of my health," said Mr Sia, who was separated from other patients in a room for palliative care.
Medical tests show his cholesterol level is not high, and neither is his sugar level.
His mother Kho Kee Sieng, 63, has been by his bedside since he was out of the ICU.
Mr Sia attributed his recovery to the "excellent care" provided by the hospital.
"I want to slim down and be like a normal person. I want to go home," he said.
He will have to see how his left leg responds to physio treatment before he can be discharged from the hospital.
"I have to use my right leg more as the other leg is only for balancing," he added.
Mr Sia said he took the advice of Mr M. Balaji seriously. The latter had shed 145kg from his 318-kg frame.
Mr Balaji from Sungai Buloh advised him to stay positive and trust the team of doctors who were treating him.
Meanwhile, UPP Dudong Women's Wing chairperson Kapitan Connie Loh donated RM500 (S$166) to Mr Sia to help with his medical bills.
Ms Loh will also help his mother apply for monthly financial assistance from the Welfare Department.
Currently, Mr Sia and his mother are relying on Mr Sia's 36-year-old electrician brother for support.