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Former fattest man's skin surgery

A Briton once thought to have been the world's fattest man is recovering after undergoing surgery to allow him to do "everyday things" in life.

Paul Mason, 54, from Ipswich, used to weigh 70 stone but has lost about 45 stone.

He underwent surgery in America earlier this week to remove excess skin after huge weight loss.

Mr Mason is recovering after "everything went perfectly" with his operation, his fiancee said.

Writing on his fundraising page on the website, Rebecca Mountain said Mr Mason would now be able to do simple things he had not been able to do before the procedure.

"There are no words to express how incredible this surgery will be for Paul," she said.

"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."

The couple have been raising funds online for the surgery to remove up to 100lb of left-over skin - particularly from an area around the waist known as "the apron" and his "bat wing" arms.

Five years ago, Mr Mason told how he used to have £75 worth of takeaways and chocolate delivered to his door daily.

His appeal has so far raised more than 5,000 dollars (£3,250) of a 12,000 dollar (£7,800) target.

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