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Canada unveils heavyweight ambulance

Jun 25 01:15 PM US/Eastern

Healthcare officials in Calgary have unveiled a new ambulance designed for treating and transporting obese patients in an emergency, believed to be the first of its kind in this country.

The ambulance is equipped with a wide stretcher and a mechanical lift that gently raises patients weighing up to 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms) into the carriage.

A regular ambulance is sized for patients weighing up to 350 pounds (160 kilograms), officials said.

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That is big of them! Ha!

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This is becoming more common across the US as we become fatter and fatter.

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Is this another big gov'mint expendature I will never get to benefit from?
Not that I object mind you. I'll just cut back on the frapps, chips, and cheese whiz.

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BOB
ROTFLMAO :lol:

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Bob, nicely done! :D

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Is that wrong?

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Not from where I'm standing.

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Wonder if it comes with a chase vehicle warning of the 'oversized load.'

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[quote="eagleisland"]Wonder if it comes with a chase vehicle warning of the 'oversized load.'[/quote]

That made me laugh!

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It always makes me wonder how much pain these folks have to be in to pack so much weight on.

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[quote="charlotte"]It always makes me wonder how much pain these folks have to be in to pack so much weight on.[/quote]

I used to work EMS in a major metropolitan area and we saw people like this from time to time. How much pain are they in? A handful of them had severe metabolic issues contributing to the obesity, but the majority that I came across were incredibly selfish control freaks who had managed to surround themselves with family members who enabled their appalling behavior. Many of these people were so obese they couldn't even get up off the couch or bed. This meant that family members would bring them food - often staggering quantities - and carry away clothes, bedpans (or jars) of excreta. Almost invariably, their houses stank to high heaven. Although they couldn't, for obvious reasons, engage in physical abuse, the mental abuse visited upon these (you could argue "willing") enabling family members was shocking.

Yes, you could argue they were "in pain." But the pain they gave others drew a lot more of my sympathy. One especially memorable 700 pounder was abusing his normal-sized wife on our arrival for calling us... I will say she was obviously trying to do anything she could to get him out of the house, and beyond being an amazingly fat and nasty person there was nothing obviously wrong with him. But we were not allowed to transport a person who refused to go without a doctor's or police officer's authorization, neither of which we had. We left him on the couch and his wife in tears. Sad.

Oh, and we didn't have a special rig for them. We managed to squeeze them into the regular rigs, assisted by firemen to lift the stretcher.

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