CRANSTON, Rhode Island — A Rhode Island man who weighs just under 800 pounds has been kicked out of the hospital…for ordering a pizza.
33-year-old Steven Assanti says his eating addiction is what caused him to end up in the trunk of his father’s SUV, with nowhere to go.
“It’s an addiction and I realize that. It’s a disease,” Assanti said.
For the past 80 days, Assanti was getting some help at Rhode Island Hospital — where he lost 20 pounds.
But after Assanti violated his care plan by ordering pizza, Assanti says hospital officials told him he could no longer stay there.
“I was supposed to stay there and lose all my weight and get down to 550, to get the gastric bypass. That was their plan,” Assanti said.
A spokesperson for Rhode Island Hopsital says they cannot speak about Assanti or any patient’s treatment.
“If he comes home and I do get him up the stairs some how, some way, he’s gonna go right back to his eating habits,” Steven Veillette, Assanti’s father said.
Veillette says taking his son home will be a death sentence — so the two men say they’ll continue to drive until they find a place that can help.
“I just don’t know where to turn to. I called everybody, everybody you can think of in the state of Rhode Island and nobody seems to be…can help me,” Veillette said.