Lying in his reinforced bed, 58-stone Keith Martin yesterday defended the estimated £50,000 a year he costs the taxpayer – by comparing himself to others who receive help, such as smokers or injured rock climbers. Believed to be the world’s fattest man, the bed-bound 42-year-old cannot even roll over on his own. He is visited by seven carers a day, who wash and change him in two shifts, plus two nurses every other day who tend to his bed sores.
Incapacitated: Eight ambulance workers are needed to lift him into a reinforced vehicle for regular hospital visits.
Larger than life: Specialist ambulance crews are called to care for Mr Martin, who is too big to look after himself.