Officials Remove Wall Partition to Get to Stricken 419-Pound Man
TOWSON, Md. (AP) _ Paramedics, police and firefighters had to remove a room partition and a stair railing in four hours of work to move a 491-pound man with heart problems from his bedroom to an ambulance, officials said Wednesday.
Ralph Ronald Monger, 51, died shortly after his admission to a hospital for treatment of obesity and other health problems. He had refused treatment.
Baltimore County police spokesman E. Jay Miller said the workers had to carry Monger on a 14-foot fire department ladder after taking out the partition and the stair railing. The stretcher they had was not big enough.
Police were called to Monger’s home after his sister, Diane Hiederman, obtained an order to commit him to a hospital.
″The family said he weighed about 300 pounds in December,″ Miller said. ″He had a medical problem, and he kept gaining this weight and he wouldn’t go to the hospital. He wouldn’t get treatment, so the sister got the commitment papers.″
When police arrived, Miller said, ″they found that they had this large man, and they couldn’t do anything alone, so they called the fire department, which is our standard procedure.
″He was going into various stages of cardiac arrest,″ so paramedics were called, too, he said.
Monger died of cardiac arrest Tuesday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Karen Helsley.
Initial police and hospital reports said he weighed about 600 pounds, but the body weighed 4911/2 pounds when it was examined Wednesday by Dr. Margarita Korrell of the state medical examiner’s office.