Thursday, March 08, 2007

Born Free!

From the Where Are The Now? file:

Manuel Uribe, who once weighed half a ton, left his house Wednesday for the first time in five years. Six people pushed Uribe's wheel-equipped iron bed out to the street, as a mariachi band played and a crowd gathered to see the man who once weighed 1,235 pounds.

"The sky is beautiful and blue and what I want is to enjoy the sun," Uribe said after taking a sip from a champagne bottle.

Unable to leave his bed for more than five years, Uribe has lost 397 pounds since he began a high-protein diet a year ago. He now weighs about 840 pounds.
Touching. Heartwarming. In fact, it seems almost churlish to point out that he still hasn't left his bed, rather his bed merely left the house. But then, sweet merciful Jesus...
To celebrate the milestone, a forklift placed Uribe's bed onto a trailer pulled by a pickup truck and the 41-year-old mechanic rode through the streets of San Nicolas de los Garza, a Monterrey suburb.

Dozens of reporters and photographers followed Uribe as he passed the town's plaza and church, waving at clusters of people eager to get a glimpse of him.
Seriously, is that not the saddest thing you've read all week?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

"41 year old mechanic"? If he hasn't gotten out of bed for this long, isn't he just a "41 year old, big fat disgusting guy"?

Anonymous said...

As a machanic, he must have worked on the monster trucks used in strip mining. Imagine the creeper dolly!

Wayne said...

Mechanic eh? There must be a joke about spare tyres in there but I cannot think of one at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Really pathetic, so sad!!