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A man who was too scared to have sex with his wife in case he crushed her has lost a whopping 43 stone and says the couple now 'can't keep their hands off each other'.
Paul Tuthill, 44, slipped on some stairs and injured his back in 2010 - the injury left him housebound and unable to walk. As a result, he quickly piled on the pounds, going from 16.5st to 58st.
The dad-of-three became depressed and even attempted to take his own life several times in 2017.
However, he has since managed to completely turn his life around after undergoing a gastric band operation.
Paul is now a healthy 15st and works as a tour guide in the Scottish Highlands.
Paul, from Inverness, Scotland, said: "I got so big I was sleeping in the living room with a commode as I couldn't use the toilet.
"My sex life with my wife was non-existent.
"I couldn't go on holiday or days out with my family.
"At my biggest I don't even know for sure what weight I was as the scales only went up to 54st but I think it was about 58st.
"My legs had swelled to a metre in circumference, I could literally feel that I was dying.
"The surgery, and some wonderful people who helped me, saved my life."
Paul says his weight gain was partly due to the strong pain medication he was on, which increased his appetite.
He said: "It wasn't that I was eating that badly, I just had zero portion control.
"I was so big that I couldn't shower, or wash myself, I couldn't wipe my own bum.
"My wife became my carer as well as working and looking after our children.
"But I couldn't see a way out of the mess I was in, my back was still in excruciating pain everyday and my mental health was in tatters.
"It got to the point where every night I wished I was dead, I felt I was holding my family back, I wanted it all to be over."
After seeing how desperate he'd become, Paul's sister offered to stump up the £15,000 needed for gastric band surgery.
Paul decided he wanted to try and lose some weight before going under the knife and cut his daily calorie intake down to 1,800.
"I decided to drink as much water as I could and started counting calories, and the weight just dropped off me," he said.
"I went from 58st to 46st in just a few months but I was told that still wasn't light enough to have the surgery, I was told I definitely wouldn't survive the operation.
"I left the appointment feeling extremely demoralised, but I didn't want to give up so I kept up my calorie counting and managed to get to 34st by April 2018."
After hitting his goal, Paul underwent a five-hour mini-gastric bypass in 2018.
Following the operation, he worked with physiotherapists to be able to walk more easily and leave his wheelchair behind. He got his weight down to 25 stone when he was able to take up cycling again.
In the last two years he has lost another 10 stone.
"Before we simply couldn't function as a family," he said.
"The kids were living with a guy who would clearly be dead soon.
"I can go for family walks now and go away with my wife.
"We were unable to even sleep in the same bed for years and now we can our sex life is back on track which is great."
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