Obese Man Hopes Surgery Will Save His Life

CLYDE, Ohio (AP) - A 650-pound Clyde man says he's hoping an operation to reduce the size of his stomach will give him a new life.

Doctors say that Ron Pocock's obesity is a severe medical condition that demands surgery, yet his insurance plan won't pay for it.

Two doctors at St. Vincent's Charity Hospital in Cleveland have agreed to donate the cost of the expensive surgery that will reduce the size of his stomach. It usually costs $15,000 to $30,000.

An anonymous benefactor contacted the doctors and persuaded them to help Pocock.

Pocock has been pushing for proposed state legislation that would make insurance companies cover surgery that combats morbid obesity and enables most patients to drastically lose weight.

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