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Family battle to bury obese man

Hospital officials and relatives of a morbidly obese Pretoria man are struggling to lay him to rest...

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Hospital officials and relatives of a morbidly obese Pretoria man are struggling to lay him to rest because of his size.

Last Thursday, Chris Labuschagne was moved with the help of the fire department from his home in Pretoria west.

He was taken to the Kalafong Hospital.

Labuschagne, who is believed to have weighed as much as 550 kilograms, died at the facility on Friday.

But his family cannot afford to bury him.

The body was transferred to a cold storage room at the George Mukhari Hospital, as the corpse was too large for the Kalafong morgue fridges.

Labuschagne’s uncle, Lappies, said cremation was not an option because of his size.

“We have to get a double grave which will cost R4,000. His coffin will be three times the normal price.”

“Because of his weight, we have to get a crane to move him,” added Lappies.

The family will approach the state and have also appealed to the public for help.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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