Lifestyle & Belief

Georgia Davis: Obese teen cut from home in UK


A heavy-set female and male traveler are seen in a check-in line Nov. 5, 2004 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.


Tim Boyle

Workmen cut an obese teenager free from her home in Wales after she grew too big to go outside.

The 19-year-old was rescued from the second floor of her small home on Thursday, reported the Associated Press. At team of at least 40 — care workers, doctors, paramedics, fire crews, council workers and a team of scaffolders — had to use scaffolding as a ramp to lower her to the ground level.

Neighbors claimed that the teenager, said to be Georgia Davis, 19, had not been outside for up to three years, according to the Irish Examiner. In that time her weight became a serious threat to her life, and is said to be close to 60 stones (840 lbs.) now.

The Daily Post reported that Davis was once dubbed "Britain's fattest teen." A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said it had used a specially reinforced ambulance used for obese patients known as a "bariatric ambulance" in order to transport Davis to the hospital.

Davis became a minor celebrity when she took part in an American bootcamp series and slimmed down to a more manageable size, according tot he Examiner. Her weight ballooned in those three years after the extreme workouts.

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"I think the TV program helped to start with but then she was under a lot of pressure to keep it off," said neighbor Jane Price, 52.

Before going to the US, Davis compared her desire for food to addiction, reported Sky News.

"If you get to the point where I was, you can't stop eating," she said. "It is like heroin — you need help. I really didn't want to be that person anymore."