New England man weighing more than 1,000 pounds moved by crane to new home

April 23rd, 2015 by Staff

Bob says when he gets depressed he will down a large pizza by himself.

( CRANSTON, R.I. – A man weighing more than 1,000 lbs. was moved Sunday by a crane, then loaded onto a flatbed truck and taken down I-95 from Providence to his new home in Cranston.

Brian Butler had been living at the Bannister House in Providence but earlier this month it was announced the nursing home with $2 million in debt was closing down. All patients including Butler would need to be moved to other facilities.

Michael Raia of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services said planning to move Butler to the Eleanor Slater Hospital began weeks ago.

“This is a patient with very complicated medical needs and it required a coordinated approach,” Raia said. “His [Butler] care and safety has been our top priority throughout this transport.”

The coalition to move Butler to his new home included Providence and Cranston Fire Departments, Lifespan, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island and Bay Crane Northeast. The whole operation to get Butler from Bannister House to Eleanor Slater Hospital took nearly seven hours Sunday.

In an NBC 10 story in 2006, Butler talked about his struggles with eating.

“When I’m depressed I’ll eat chips or order myself a large pizza and pretty much kill it myself,” Butler said.

Back in 2006 Butler said he was trying to get gastric bypass surgery but he couldn’t find a doctor to perform the operation.

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