650-Pound Man’s Skin-Removal Surgery Live Tweeted By New York Times Reporter

Paul Mason lost 100 pounds in a single afternoon — and the world followed along on Twitter.

The formerly 980-pound man was dubbed the “world’s fattest man” before a gastric bypass dropped him down to 650 pounds five years ago. Mason lost even more weight on Tuesday when a surgery in Manhattan lopped off 100 pounds of excess skin, The New York Times reported.

The 54-year-old Brit couldn’t find a doctor who would perform the surgery in England, so he moved to the U.S., where weight loss surgery is our bread and butter.

Times reporter Sarah Lyall has been with Mason every step of the way. She’s documented how his initial bypass enabled him to get out of bed and move on his own for the first time in years. She celebrated with him after a New York plastic surgeon offered to take off the extra 100 pounds of skin for free. And just after noon on Tuesday, as a team of surgeons at Lenox Hill Hospital operated on Mason, Lyall shared his surgery with the world.

Much to her followers’ dismay, Lyall tweeted out graphic images of the skin-removal surgery that, while interesting, do not go well with lunch. Her tweets are below.

WARNING: The following photos show a bloody skin-removal surgery.

Four plastic surgeons are working on his abdomen, to remove a huge apron of skin hanging way down.

— Sarah Lyall (@sarahlyall) about Paul Mason’s surgery in the Times.

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