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Friday, August 13, 2004

Couch Potato

News from (where else?) Florida, USA this week...

Early Wednesday, still fused to the couch, Gayle Laverne Grinds died following a six-hour effort by rescue workers who struggled to lift the 480-pound woman and get her to a Martin County hospital.

Unable to separate the skin of the 39-year-old woman from her sofa, 12 Martin County Fire-Rescue workers slid both onto a trailer and hauled her behind a pickup to Martin Memorial Hospital South. She died a short time later.

Fused to the couch! It's times like this that I'm vaguely pleased the news articles doesn't have a photo. 480 pounds = 217kg. That is over three times my weight. And she was only 4 foot 10, a whole foot shorter than me. Crumbs.

[via boingboing]