Rhode Island hospital evicts 800-pound man for ordering pizza

(WJAR) – A Rhode Island man says he’s desperate for help after Rhode Island Hospital kicked him out.

Steven Assanti, 33, weighs 778 pounds and says his eating addiction lead him to the trunk of his father’s SUV with no place to go.

“It’s an addiction, and I realize that,” said Assanti. “And it’s a disease.”

For the past 80 days, Assanti was getting the help he needed at Rhode Island Hospital. There, he lost 20 pounds.

But after Assanti violated his care plan by ordering pizza, he said the hospital told him he could no longer stay.

“I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550 to get the gastric bypass,” said Assanti. “That was their plan.”

 

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