Steven Assanti, a Cranston, Rhode Island man who weighs 778 pounds, is struggling to find a home after he was kicked out from Rhode Island Hospital for violating his care plan.
During his stay, Assanti lost 20 pounds in an attempt to reach a goal weight of 550 pounds in order to meet the hospital’s requirement for gastric bypass surgery.
“That was their plan,” Assanti told NBC 10, until he ordered a pizza to his room, and the hospital told him that he was no longer welcome in its facilities. “It’s an addiction, and I realize that,” Assanti told the station. “And it's a disease.”
At the moment, Assanti is living in his father’s SUV. If Steven comes home, his father says, “he’s going to go right back to his eating habits.” Assanti, his father, and a social worker, are looking for another permanent location where he can get the help he needs.