February 21, 2007 Reported by KPLC Staff
One year after KPLC's Rhonda Kitchens brought you the story of 600lb Adam Carey, his life is about to undergo a drastic makeover.
Adam Carey: "I'm on the verge of diabetes, I've got high blood pressure, sleep apnea, severe back pain, severe knee pain. And then when you go to stores and kids say look at the fat guy it just really hurts you."
This left Adam Carey in a depression, he says, few people were willing to acknowledge.
Adam Carey: They didn't take the time, like you did Rhonda, to reach out and help me. They just hung up the phone and said oh well I can't help you and it was just heartbreaking.
Carey, weighing in at 600 pounds, was unable to work, had no health insurance, and a family history of early deaths due to obesity.
Adam Carey: "I'm at the point where they died."
It's been two years since our first meeting.
At the time we took carey to the Department of Health and Hospitals where he answered lots of questions.
Through the process Carey learned of other programs available to help those in need. Adam Carey: They've got a program called the Pickle Act that will help you out to pay for past due medical expenses and so forth until you are approved for Medicare."
While every bit helps, carey says nothing could compare to learning he was approved for medicare and it would cover the cost of his weight loss surgery.
Adam Carey: "If it wouldn't have been for Rhonda I probably wouldn't have been here today." Grateful for the second chance at life, Carey now plans for a long and healthy future.
Adam Carey: "The main change I want is to be able to go back to work." A goal that was once only a dream.