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08/12/2004 04:09 AM ID: 42022 Permalink   

480lb Woman Dies in Surgery to Remove her from Couch


600 pound Gail Grinds of Stuart, Florida is dead after surgeons tried in vain to remove her from a couch she was stuck in. It is possible that she was stuck in the couch from a period of 2 to 5 years. Authorities are wondering if neglect occurred.

Rescuers had to wear protective gear and pump in air to deal with the horrible stench in the air of the house. She was on the couch so long that her skin grafted with it. Thus, the rescuers used planks to place the couch on a trailer.

The trailer was needed because the ambulance was too small. The fire and rescue crews from Martin County arrived at the house because she reported that she had trouble breathing. They had to cut into the house to get her out.

    WebReporter: JFURY Show Calling Card      
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Who the hell fed her during the 2-5 years? Not to mention going to the bathroom/shower. I bet the stench was horrible. I'm amazed she wasn't rotting from peeing/crapping on herself for years.
  by: woodsyc   08/12/2004 04:22 AM     
thats scarey
  by: StonedWookie   08/12/2004 11:04 AM     
this becomming the norm in the US?? ;)
  by: Flashby     08/12/2004 12:55 PM     
  Slight Correction  
According to the sorce, she was only 480 lbs not 600. She was married and had children, if i read correctly. But how would she go to the tolite?
  by: tiggyfiggy   08/12/2004 02:27 PM     
  New definition of...  
Couch potato.....
  by: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   08/12/2004 02:32 PM     
  @ tiggyfiggy  
that's probably why the stench was so bad. Think about it.

  by: woger     08/12/2004 02:57 PM     
The original story said 600lbs and the news source edited it, probably to make her family feel better?
  by: JFURY     08/12/2004 04:18 PM     
Yes this is the norm in the US. I personally have a La-Z-boy recliner grafted to my 900 lb ass. And poopin is not a problem as you just stop doing it, that’s how I got to be 900 lb. I'm completly full of S... THIS IS SO ICKY!!!! ARUGGGG!!!!!!
  by: valkyrie123     08/12/2004 04:42 PM     
  Doesn't that just remind you....  
Of Jabba, the character from Star Wars? Poor lady, at least she's some place better now.
  by: bkraul   08/12/2004 05:13 PM     
  About her weight...  
Perhaps the original source included the weight of the couch in their estimates. After all, it was a part of her. And as for her being in a better place now...she's part of that big sofa in the sky.
  by: Arthur Phrain   08/12/2004 05:18 PM     
  never understand this.  
wait, what were they thinking? any of them? here you have a woman who's been stuck to a couch for six years, unable to even go to the bathroom by herself, apparently being provided enough food by the guy to maintain her at an extreme level of morbid obesity, and it smells so bad you can't go in there without gas masks... but none of this is a problem. no, they only called because she was having trouble breathing? wtf?

there's my other question. it takes a lot of calories to feed someone up to nearly 500 lbs. it's not as if the woman was sneaking into the kitchen in the dead of night, unless she was doing so with the couch trailing along behind her. why didn't the guy put her on a diet? feed her a little less? how could anyone just keep tossing pizzas and doughnuts over to jabba planted in the living room without at least calling a doctor and trying to find out if there was actually something medically wrong with her?
  by: ayestiva   08/12/2004 06:10 PM     
  So sad  
that poor woman.
  by: jmgc     08/12/2004 06:18 PM     
  jabba the hutt  
grafted to the couch, how can anyone let this happen to themself. not poor women, stupid women.
  by: HAVOC666     08/12/2004 06:38 PM     
  More like Sally Struthers  
When she was on South Park? Like Ahhh...nevermind.
  by: Arthur Phrain   08/12/2004 10:02 PM     
  jesus christ  
If it was my mum/wife, I'd empty the house of food and then go on holiday for a week, hiopefully she'd be at least a little lighter by then, if not, go again.
Jesus christ this is bloody disgustibng, and I'm eating a pot noodle
  by: Necralis   08/13/2004 02:35 PM     
she must have been consuming... literally... 8000 calories a day to maintain that weight... its almost impossible to do...

stuck on the couch for 6 years!? thats... incredible... how do you do it? and her skin had grafted onto the sofa... that too is just so so wrong...

RIP couch-woman :\
  by: koultunami     08/13/2004 03:30 PM     
  only in America  
  by: Lucifer_The_Dark   08/13/2004 04:38 PM     
  I don't get it.  
I'm 6'0" and weigh around 130lbs. Yeah, I'm a skinny ass. When I see people who weigh in excess of 250lbs., I'm floored. To me, that's physically impossible. I don't understand how anyone could get like that. Let alone to the level of being grafted to your couch because you're such a fatass you can't get up. Maybe the guy feeding her is trying to recreate the movie Seven. Oh well, I don't really have a problem with fat people, other than their quite unattractive, especially when naked.
  by: Gnaglor     08/13/2004 11:07 PM     
i'm about 6'2" and between 230-250 pounds. i can't immagine how much mobility i'd lose as double the that... although i would still be able to walk, fortunately i have good sturdy legs and can legs press 550 pounds.

how do you let yourself get to that point, seriously was she doing it for spite or laziness, neither is a good excuse.
  by: HAVOC666     08/13/2004 11:39 PM     
  Agree Havoc  
I should have clarified. The world's strongest men probably weight in close to 220-300, so what I meant to say his people who weigh around that much or more and have like 30% or more body fat. Football players weigh a lot and they aren't in the same condition. I modify my previous comment slightly.
  by: Gnaglor     08/14/2004 12:55 AM     
  This woman had to have  
more problems than just her weight. Somebody who can't or won't move around enough to keep the couch from growing to her ass? Somebody should have noticed the problem long before it got anywhere near that point. I blame her family/caregiver.
  by: Pagan_mama   08/15/2004 04:44 PM     
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